Justin Bieber offers prayers for killed photographer


Justin Bieber. AFP FILE PHOTO

LOS ANGELES—Pop idol Justin Bieber offered prayers Wednesday — and called for tougher laws against paparazzi — after a photographer was killed on a freeway while trying to get a picture of his Ferrari.

Police in Los Angeles said the 18-year-old Canadian-born heart throb was not in the luxury sports car when it was pulled over for speeding on New Year’s Day and the unidentified photographer was hit by an oncoming vehicle.

“While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” said Bieber in a statement relayed to several US showbiz websites.

“Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves,” he added.

Los Angeles photographer Thibault Mauvilain told reporters at the scene that the fatality was a friend named Chris who was a photographer but “not a paparazzo — he was just another kid from New Mexico.”

Bieber, who performed on New Year’s Eve at Times Square in New York, has a history of run-ins with paparazzi. In May he allegedly kicked and punched a photographer in a parking lot, but no charges were filed.

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  • Jparlee Lee

    very unlikely for this fellow…kicking and punching photographers now offering prayers??my big fat X%*@ BIEBER!!!!

    • Rommel Jason

      C’mon, its his publicist. You give too much credit, you expect this retard to be responsible?

  • Fearless Gara

    Justin Bieber..Hypocrite How could God listen to him if he himself has a bad character God only llisten to His PEOple  which is His followers true christian and  not evil one like Justin 

  • wewenex

    How could he ever pronounced the word ‘prayer’ if he himself does not do it. There is only one thing to put down these over abusive celebreties, do not patronize their shows/albums. In doing so, they will be pulled down from the pedestal they are enjoying.

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