Justin Bieber Speaks About Paparazzo Who Photographed His Car Before Dying

Wed, January 2, 2013 11:02am EST by 10 Comments
Justin Bieber Deadly Crash

Justin says his ‘thoughts and prayers’ are with the family of a photographer who was killed by an oncoming vehicle while crossing a busy highway after taking pictures of Justin’s parked Ferrari.

Justin Bieber is used to being chased by the paparazzi, but a photog chase turned deadly on Jan. 1 when photographer Chris Guerra spotted Jusin’s parked Ferrari on the side of the 405 highway, and crossed busy Sepulveda Blvd. on foot to snap pics. On his way back to his own vehicle, he was struck by an oncoming car and killed.

The photographer noticed Justin’s famous Ferrari on the side of the road after it was pulled over by California Highway Patrol. He thought he saw Justin sitting inside, so he crossed the busy highway to take photos.

Even though the photographer managed to take a few pics, police officers reportedly told the man twice to return to his car, according to CNN. Los Angeles Police spokesman James Stoughton said the man was struck by an oncoming car on his way back to his own car and killed.

LAPD officer Cleon Joseph tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “The reason the car was pulled over was because the driver was speeding. The driver was not Justin Bieber. The victim jaywalked across Sepulveda  Boulevard, a very busy street, and was struck at 5:50pm. He was taken to the hospital. Perhaps this will compel laws to change with regard to celebrity photographers.”

Justin Speaks Out On The Killed Photographer

“While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” Justin said in a statement.

“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.

TMZ is reporting that drugs or alcohol had not been imbibed by the driver who hit the man, and that Justin wasn’t in the parked car. It was Justin’s friend who was driving, and another friend was in the passenger seat. LAPD is currently investigating the incident.

This isn’t the first time Justin has spoken out about the LA paps. Back in July 2012, Justin made a frantic call to 911 when he was being chased by paparazzi after being pulled over by the LAPD.

What do YOU think about what Justin said HollywoodLifers? Should there be tougher laws against celebrity photographers?

– Reporting by Sandra Clark & Christina Stiehl

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Posted at 8:39 AM on March 17, 2013  

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Posted at 1:26 AM on January 3, 2013  

I totally agree that there needs to be the same laws enforced on the media for stalking a celebrity as they have enforced on fans for doing the same thing. This guy could have caused a tragic wreck by chasing Justin’s car to get pictures to back up a fake story if the police had not intervened when they did. Lil Twist was probably speeding to get away from the pap to start with. It goes to show you that the media will print anything to get a story and back it up with photos that only show half truths which was not the real truth to start with. Example is that it was Justin’s car but not Justin in the car and no pot was being smoked. Maybe if the police could do something about the paps stalking the celebrities before the celebrities have to take drastic measures to get away from them then the paps would stop their stalking if they knew they could be arrested and jailed for it. They enforced the private property no stalking and pictures sold of celebrites on private property so why don’t they enforce a law to stop all stalking measures done by paps on celebrities. The public also needs to stop promoting this stalking by paps by buying the gossip mags who pay for the paps pictures and fake stories like US Weekly, OK!, Life & Style, In Touch, Star and the National Enquirer (sp?). If they can’t sell the pics and the stories to the public they will stop paying the paps to stalk the celebrities. I refuse to support these rags by buying their magazines as others should also stop supporting those who pay for the stalking to be done by paps. It also amazes me that so many people ask why Rob and Kristen look so sad and angry when paps are hounding them and taking photos of them to use to back up their fake stories. Why would anyone be smiling and happy to have their picture taken by a pap who would add a made up story with the half truth pictures? The celebrities know that by the morning a made up story and the pictures will role off the press to be sold by gossip mags to hurt the celebrity’s image and life thanks to the paps hounding them at the time and the media publishing what the paps call in as a true story. I can understand why celebrites give the paps the finger, run and hide and look angry and sad when they see the paps coming after them.

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Posted at 4:42 PM on January 2, 2013  

who realy believe Justin wrote that? he might be just happy the paps died one less to worry about

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Posted at 2:22 PM on January 2, 2013  

As long as paparazzi get paid big bucks for pictures of the famous and dumb, It would take a act of congress, and that will never happen.

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Posted at 11:58 AM on January 2, 2013  

BLAME THE “Fiscal Cliff”!!!!!!

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Yu Lee

Posted at 8:34 AM on January 2, 2013  

HOLY BIEBER = the pap died but the photo survived !!!

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Yu Lee

Posted at 8:32 AM on January 2, 2013  

Did anyone snap the Pap getting splattered? Now that’s a picture I’d pay to see!

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On Justin's Side

Posted at 10:03 AM on January 2, 2013  

lol, me,too ! Nope, for once the papz did not do what they were paid to: get the pics !

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Posted at 11:02 AM on January 2, 2013  

yeah me 2 see how it went

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Posted at 7:49 AM on January 2, 2013  

Defiantly I agree with justin hopefully people can see it too

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