Justin Bieber had ‘very little respect’ for dead photog, denies he was smoking pot

On Monday, a paparazzo was hit and killed by a car while attempting to photograph Justin Bieber’s white Ferrari after a traffic stop. Bieber was allegedly not driving, nor was he in the car. It happened when the photographer stood out in traffic attempting to get a shot, after he was warned by police to step back. TMZ has more about the man who was killed, along with detail about the scoop on Bieber he was allegedly after. There’s plenty of information, and it all boils down to a sad situation highlighting the dangers paparazzi can pose to themselves and others.

* Bieber has issued a statement expressing his sympathy to the family and stating that he was not present at the time of the accident. He’s also calling for anti-paparazzi laws to protect celebrities, bystanders and photographers. *Kaiser covered Bieber’s full statement in her earlier story about Miley Cyrus. As Kaiser mentioned, there are laws in place already in California to protect against the paparazzi, although it’s unclear whether they’re being enforced. (See below)

*TMZ revealed that the photographer’s name was Chris Guerra, that he was in his late 20s, and that he moved to LA in March in order to become a paparazzo. Guerro was single with no children.

*Guerra’s friend, an unnamed source who worked at a photo agency, told TMZ that Guerra called him and said he was certain that he saw Justin Bieber smoking marijuana while driving his car earlier in the day. What’s more is that Guerra claims to have spotted Selena Gomez’s car at the Four Seasons, where Bieber was staying. Guerra’s friend explained that Guerra was “overzealous” because, in TMZ’s words, “he believed he was on the cusp of an enormous scoop.” The friend partially blames Bieber for Guerra being in the situation that led to his death, due to how recklessly Bieber regularly drives.

*The person driving Bieber’s Ferrari at the time Guerra was tailing it was Bieber’s buddy, a 19 year-old rapper named Lil Twist. Apparently Lil Twist had just partied in Mexico with Bieber for New Year’s (because the two underage stars could legally drink there) and was hanging out with Bieber at the Four Seasons in LA. Bieber lent Lil Twist the keys to his Ferrari, and Guerra took off in pursuit, incorrectly assuming that Bieber was driving. There’s no word as to who the passenger in the car was, as we’ve heard there was more than one person in the car.

*In response to allegations that he was spotted smoking up, a source told TMZ that Bieber hated Guerra (I’m paraphrasing) and that Guerra “made Justin’s life hell … following and chasing him at every opportunity.” Bieber’s people also claim to have a solid alibi for their client that would exclude the possibility that he was getting high in his car. TMZ writes that their “sources say multiple witnesses will say the only time Justin left the Four Seasons on New Year’s Day was to go to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Hollywood for lunch, and there was never a pipe in sight.”

*Sources also tell TMZ that there’s no way Guerra could have spotted Selena Gomez’s car at the Four Seasons because the on-off lovebirds “had a blow-out argument on December 30 and broke up… They haven’t seen each other since and she was never at the Four Seasons on New Year’s Day.” TMZ’s source goes on to say that Bieber had “‘very little respect’ for Chris Guerra but was trying not to say anything out of respect for the family, but Chris made it ‘very difficult by telling this guy (his friend) lies about Justin.'”

I have a lot of questions about this story that will probably never be answered. I want to know if Guerra was positive he saw Bieber smoking up and driving, or if it was possibly Lil Twist. If it was Bieber getting high, and Bieber realized he was seen smoking, did he possibly send Lil Twist (I can’t with that name) out in his Ferrari to deliberately throw Guerra off his trail? Why is Bieber so adamant that Selena Gomez wasn’t with him on that day, and what difference does it make?

Also, I’m wondering if the same guy that Justin Bieber stopped traffic for this November in order to tell him off. You can see a video of that here. Justin just sits there in his Ferrari while drivers behind him beep at him to move it. He tells the person filming that he’s “just not fun” and asks him “What do your parents think about what you do?

There was another incident, in July, in which Bieber was cited for going over 100 mph on the freeway and a paparazzo faced charges for pursuing him. That was a different photographer, a guy named Paul Reef. The judge threw out the case, and ruled that the California anti-paparazzi law, passed in January, 2011, was unconstitutional.

Oh and in May Bieber was a suspect in a case of possible battery against a photographer. It looks like a different guy was involved there, too, but I can’t tell for sure. That case was also thrown out.

So does this mean that the anti-paparazzi law needs to withstand more legal battles before it can be enforced? This sad incident just brings more attention to the fact that something needs to be done. I also wish that Bieber’s people would move him somewhere remote. That would solve so much.

Update: I wanted to clarify that I wasn’t blaming Justin at all in this story. What happened is that I got really focused on the details while I was covering this, and I realized that there were more details that I wanted to know about what happened, that were unanswered. Of course Bieber is in no way to blame for a photographer stepping out in traffic when he was warned against it specifically by police. I do want to know what happened to precede this chain of events, and how everything went down, but that in no way makes Bieber culpable for this guy’s death.

Bieber is shown on 12-10-12 and 12-12-12. Credit: FameFlynet

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  1. princesslizabeth says:

    Every day Bieber looks like more and more of a jerk. I don’t know how he does it.

    • rightgrrl says:

      Agreed. Wish this little boy would just fade into obscurity already….

      • princesslizabeth says:


        He’s beyond irritating. He just oozes “douchiness” from every pore. Sounds bad, looks bad…just awful.

    • Tiffany says:

      It REALLY peevs me that Justin would make a plea for the safety of bystanders when he was doing over 100 mph on the 101, weaving in and out of lanes. In a chrome car. My friends and family drive on that freeway, and Justin was being chased by a CAMERA not a g un. There is NO REASON to risk other people’s lives because you dont’ want your picture taken in your tacky azz car.

      I don’t think JB is at fault for this guy’s accident, however, and I do think the paparazzi are out of line many, many times. But people like JB that go out of their way to get attention and then whine about the paps need to accept some responsibility. There are so many “celebs” that use the paparazzi and then cry about being victims of them.

  2. Joanna says:

    love your pants, vanilla ice

    • Amilu says:

      Seriously. It’s all I came away from this article with — WTH is with those pants?

    • Sweet Dee says:

      It seems like he’s a representative for the “Ooops I crapped my pants!” pants, doesn’t it? It would make so much more sense if it were an endorsement deal. Le sigh.

  3. Chatcat says:

    God he is just like the annoying neighborhood kid that just won’t move away!

    • tmbg says:

      Complete with a blasting loud stereo in his car that makes your windowpanes rattle, right?

      Yup, we have two of those.

      • Chatcat says:

        I don’t care about the thump thump of the car stereo system as long as in person the kid isn’t annoying in other ways! Beiber is annoying in every other way!

    • Chickenlishus says:

      Exactly. He has completely shat himself!

  4. JenD says:

    I can’t take anything Beiber says seriously when he’s wearing those ridiculous looking pants.

  5. V4Real says:

    If I ever met Bieber I wouldn’t say a word; I would just walk up to him and flick him on the forehead and keep it moving.

    He’s a disgusting spoiled little troll.

  6. Riana says:

    I doubt very much the laws are enforced up to a point. I think Bieber’s people are stressing things so much because I think they know the media would love to turn this into a scandal instead of the waste of a tragedy it is.

    I think this particular paparazzi had made the choice to put his life in danger for the scoop and he was going to get something for his trouble. At that point it seems like he just disregarded everything around him for whatever he could photograph and maybe make money off of.

    I just…this all just seems so stupid to me. Because of marijuana….that’s what the big hunt was for, yeah…totally worth it. The masses NEEDED to know if JB smokes. No kids, but I’m guessing his parents are heartbroken.

  7. T.Fanty says:

    How can he run in those trousers? One imagines his upper legs staying quite still, while his little feet scurry away, like me, mincing along in a tight skirt.

  8. Me says:

    Go away Justin. You are a talentless tool. His ego is too big. Can’t stand him. Whatever happened to the girl that claimed he was the father of her baby? I say payoff…..

  9. Alexandria says:

    I don’t understand why this boy is not getting proper nutrition and working out. He looks like a 12 year old and he wouldn’t if someone around him would balance his diet and train him.

  10. INeedANap says:

    I can’t with those pants. They seem so uncomfortable! They remind me of skinny jeans that eventually get loose in the waist and thighs. He looks like he had a tragic laundry incident.

    • CoolWhipLite says:

      He looks like he’s had a tragic PAMPERS incident, really!

      The loudness of their claim that Selena was not at the hotel makes me think that there are probably drugs involved in this story…I’m betting that Justin’s and Selena’s people have some sort of agreement that helps her preserve some of her “Disney” persona. So, claiming (yet another) breakup would get Selena far from a scene in which there was drugs.

      He makes me barf. His talentless, crotch-grabbing, pre-pubescent antics deserve nothing more than lip-curls and eye rolls.

  11. Kerfuffles says:

    How would the anti-paparazzi laws have helped in this situation? The laws are designed to protect the people being photographed, not the photographers themselves.

    A guy died. That Bieber may have hated the guy is trivial in comparison.

  12. Bonnie says:

    I don’ t like Bieber but it sounds like they are trying to blame him for Guerra’ s irresponsible, dangerous and stupid actions… and will someone please, for the love of God, take those pants and burn them!

  13. flan says:

    That paparazzi was shady as hell, even ignoring police when told to get to safety.

    Any story coming from a friend of his about what he supposedly said does not seem reliable.

  14. lucy2 says:

    If he wants the paparazzi laws enforced – great. I want the traffic laws enforced, which means no driving around at 100 mph.

    • CoolWhipLite says:

      Great point, @lucy2. He needs to check himself (before he wrecks himself…sorry, had to do it) while he drives around in his big-boy car. (It’s a douchy car, really)

  15. Rachel says:

    Why does any of this matter? Was he smoking pot, was he with Selena, alibis, sources, cover stories, blah, blah, blah. Who the f*** cares. None of that has anything to do with that guy stepping into traffic at that precise moment and getting hit by a car. It’s not as if any of these things Guerra thought he saw EARLIER IN THE DAY in any way justifies his actions. And now the person driving the car that hit him has to live with that everyday for the rest of his or her life.

    • BeesKnees says:

      The pap’s friend trying to shift blame on Justin is ridiculous. If he thought Justin Beiber was smoking pot and driving, why didn’t he call the police?

      • MW says:

        I agree with both above. ^^^. Bieber was stalked and accused by the pap, and after the pap’s death he is still being stalked and accused. That is why he brought up the fact that Selena and her car were nowhere around. If the pap (RIP) got that wrong, his pot smoking accusation may be way off-base, too. Besides, pot smoking is not such a big deal. Driving and lighting up is not OK, but nobody ever came close to proving that is what happened. And now a new pap will be assigned full- time to Bieber-stalking. Wow. Celebs may be overindulged, but the down-side of being a celebrity is pretty depressing.

  16. BeesKnees says:

    Justin is the biggest douche out there, but this guys death is not his fault. The pap stepped out in traffic after being told by police not to and that it wasn’t safe, that’s why he was killed. It’s a shame he lost his life over what he thought was “trying to break a huge story about Justin Beiber.” Why do we even care what Justin Beiber does? We all know he is going to crash and burn out soon just like Leif Garrett.

  17. Skins says:

    No fan of Biebs but you can’t blame him for this. These paps are jackals, this guys “enormous scoop” was Biebs smoking weed? They hound these celebs day and night looking for any crack they can find and exploit. And beliebe me, if Biebs was the one struck by a car, these people wouldn’t help him, they would be taking pictures. One less pap around, too bad

  18. the original bellaluna says:

    I’m also curious as to why Bieber’s team is being so very specific and adamant about the situation. (Don’t get me wrong; it’s not this arrogant little snot’s fault that a pap ignored basic traffic laws AND a warning from law enforcement.) I just find the level of detail…interesting.

    Is it to avoid potential lawsuits? Protect his “pristine” image? What?

    • Trek Girl says:

      They are being so detailed about this because a man died and accustions and false information are being thrown around. It’s better that they be detailed, even if it seems like the accusations aren’t a big deal, because friends, family or the media could easily turn this into a big scandal.
      I mean, the friend is placing blame on Beiber for the death already. That alone is reason enough for Beiber’s team to break out the details.

    • bluhare says:

      Lawsuits. Without a doubt.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Agreed. Lawsuits, definitely. Plus a little reputation damage control on the side.

    • MW says:

      I think Bieber is just saying the deceased pap was wrong about Selena’s car being at the Four Seasons, so why would anyone think he was absolutely right about supposedly seeing Beiber smoking pot in the car?
      As far as a lawsuit . . . Geesh, that would be a
      s-t-r-e-t-c-h! For what???

  19. Maria says:

    if the bieber drives recklessly that doesnt mean you should race him. its a matter for the police not for photogs, its your responsibility how fast you drive not someone elses.

    also if you are warned by the police to get away because its dangerous you better listen.

    i feel very bad for the person who ran him over. just imagine you are driving and then a guy is in front of your car and there is nothing you can do. you will always have to live with the thought that you killed that person.

    • Jeana says:

      Aren’t you supposed to slow down when a cop has a car pulled over anyway? It’s sad this young man had to lose his life in this way. So sad.

  20. stinky says:

    those cars are difficult to drive. if JB drives wrecklessly its more likely just because hes an erratic ass . im surprised he himself hasnt hit & killed someone… seriously, those are not normal cars – theyre crazy… VERY easy to wreck one.

    • stinky says:

      yo, but then again, this is the second escandalo involving the Biebs. considering there was just a foiled plot to castrate him, i guess i can forgive some stunt-driving on his part. shoot…

  21. Guest says:

    While I will not rejoice at anyone death; I cannot understand why I should give any fuc#s about the Paps. The represent the invasion of privacy of other people even if they are rich fuc@s/jerks.

  22. Theresa says:

    I am surprised it has taken this long for something like this to happen, yet how it finally happened and why does not surprise me at all.

    Will it make a difference? Doubt it. When stories hit about the 10s of thousands of dollars some pictures can be worth, for some, it is worth the risk. And that incentive is not going to go away any time soon.

    What does it say about us, how the devouring of celebrity has driven some to such lengths? It is quite the paradox, that celebrities hate the method in which the photos are taken, but they need them all the same for their careers. That we, the public, enjoy looking at the pictures, yet we grow to hate the subject should we see too many pics of them, or find those photos too contrived and staged.

    Damned of they do, damned if they don’t.

  23. valleymiss says:

    I’m guessing that Bieber is being so adamant about Selena not being at the hotel with him just generally because he’s trying to establish that this pap had many details wrong, not just the pot smoking.

    I think Bieber was smoking pot while driving. He’s exactly the entitled prick that would think that’s ok. But as someone said upthread, he should have called the police! The pap was majorly unwise to get out of the car to cross Sepulveda. Sepulveda is a very windy, very busy road (many Angelenos use it instead of the 405 freeway, which runs adjacent, because the freeway is so heavily traveled too). I’d be afraid to even pull over on the side of the road with a flat tire! Getting out of the car on Sepulveda would be a major no-no, and crossing the street is a deathwish, forgive my language. But it just is. I feel bad for this guy’s family, but that is a seriously dangerous street.

    I don’t understand why Biebs is still famous. It’s been like 5 years, hasn’t it? How long has he been famous? Shouldn’t he have gone the way of Lief Garrett, Shaun Cassidy, and Michael Damian (lol) by now?

  24. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    You shouldn’t be able to buy a high-end sports car until 21, IMHO. Why does an inexperienced driver/teenager need a car than can go 150+ MPH? That is a recipe for disaster.

  25. poppy says:

    dear canada,
    take him back. retroactive forgiveness can be applied if you do this immediately.
    thanks in advance.

    • joanne says:

      sorry,poppy but we really don’t want him back. with all due respect, he is yours now forever and ever. my most sincere apologies.

  26. scarlett says:

    I can’t be the only one who is sick of seeing this little twit’s face. Like can we seriously think of a way to deport this kid back to Canada? He seems so self-entitled and is obviously enabled along by leeches who will cut and run once the gravy train is done and he is off the radar. It’s a damn shame that someone would risk and give their life to get pictures of him. SMH.

  27. TheOneAndOnly says:

    Agree with everyone and yes scarlett his douchey face is beyond obnoxious, I don’t have an eight yr old daughter so I don’t have to listen to his crap;In my area two tickets for his “concert” were going for as much as 756 dollars. Insane, I bet he and his handlers laugh their asses off behind closed doors at the nobs that are making him rich.

  28. diva says:

    I don’t understand the hate for this boy. I’m indifferent to him but he’s harmless. They are PLENTY of more annoying pop stars than him.

    • gg says:

      I’m guessing maybe you’ve not read enough reports on his recent behavior. He’s become a little asshole deluxe and his best friends and people he emulates are aspiring thugs and rappers like Chris Brown.

      It’s harder to ignore him than some thug, since Bieber started out as Suzy Creamcheese and is in everybody’s face everywhere still.

  29. gg says:

    I like the cool way he has to reel in his pants?/tights?/gangnam style longjohns? to get to his pocket.

  30. Madriani's Girl says:

    Why does this d-bag consistently dress like such a d-bag? How on earth can he believe his wardrobe is cool????? And WTH is up with him raising his eyebrows and squinting all the time? Did some fool tell him he looks hot doing that? It just makes him look more clueless than he already is.

  31. DAFFY says:

    As much as i dont like Bieber its nOT HIS FAULT. geez Celebitchy being a little senitive ??

  32. Yaz says:

    Pull your pants up kid.

  33. DreamyK says:

    Keep up all the negative publicity Beiber. You’ll be gone much sooner.

  34. starsh says:

    Gads. Bieber is nasty but this does Not reflect well on the dead parazzo either. Hardly Bieber’s fault and Absolutely his business if he wants to smoke pot all day long.

  35. andy says:

    The pap believed JB was smoking pot and driving-why not call the police? He was okay with endangering everyone on the road for a picture? Glad to see the guy had his priorities straight.

    ETA-Wouldn’t a picture of Biebs getting arrested for DUI sell for more money? The police could have pulled him over to investigate. If true, the pap would have gotten the scoop and been considered a hero for potentially saving lives.

  36. mandalala says:

    I feel bad for the person that hit the guy, I mean, it sounds like it was an accident (though I haven’t read tooooo much about this).

  37. Melissa says:

    His pants are INFURIATING. That being said, I’m terribly sorry a man died, but steping out into traffic like that isn’t justifible by any means. No picture of a celebrity, especially this little dink, is worth it at all.

  38. dcypher1 says:

    This kid cant dress thosr diaper pants gotta go. Where is this kid parents. They need to put this boy on check.

  39. Aurora says:

    Looks like he is pulling up his footsie pajamas

  40. Molly says:

    I’m not a Justin Bieber fan, but I just watched the video of the paparazzi following him and I’d be annoyed too. I am sad someone died, but if the paparazzi are reckless JUST to get a story, then who’s fault is it? Not Justin Biebers. Yes, I know we are not blaming him. Just think there needs to be some laws that the paparazzi have to follow…

  41. gg says:

    I don’t think they get assigned so much as its a free for all. Whoever gets a pic in first wins big bucks.

  42. Shy says:

    In 5 years Justin will be so embarrassed by those diaper pants. In 10 years he will sit and give some interview, looking back at his youth and will laugh and say: “Oh God, those pants. I can’t believe I was wearing them. I was looking so stupid”.

  43. Shira says:

    He… knows he’s not a rapper, right?

  44. ThatWay says:

    Honestly, the only reason I ever click on posts involving this kid are because taking one look at him in those HYSTERICAL pants gives me an absolute belly laugh each and every time. Total stress reliever.