Justin Bieber has found himself in the glare of unfavourable publicity again after a video has emerged of him using the N-word in a racist joke.
The footage shows the 20-year-old asking his friends: "Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?" He then mimics the noise of a chainsaw by saying "Run nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger", after the voice of one of his friends is heard appealing to him not to say the racial slur.
The Canadian singer's camp have known about the video, shot when he was younger, for some time and have tried to prevent its release, according to the newspaper.
It is the latest and perhaps most damaging controversy to engulf the superstar beloved of teenage girls. He apologised in April after posting a photograph that showed him standing in front of the contentious Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo.
China and South Korea regard Yasukuni, which honours leaders executed for war crimes among 2.5 million Japanese war dead, as a potent symbol of Japanese militarism. The singer removed the image but only after it had been tweeted to his 51.1 million followers and attracted 660,000 likes on Instagram. Bieber later said he had been unaware of the shrine's controversial role.
In January, Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, together with the singer Khalil, on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with an expired licence and resisting arrest without violence. Police said that Bieber told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs. In the same month, Bieber surrendered to Toronto police, who charged him with assaulting a limousine driver in the city last December.
He attracted widespread ridicule in April last year when, during a visit to the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam, he wrote: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber."
Justin Bieber shows his colours or not !