TMZ allegedly blackmailed Bieber with slur video

Justin Bieber (WENN.COM)

Justin Bieber (WENN.COM)

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, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

TMZ just got dragged into Justin Bieber's N-word controversy, thanks to a report by Gawker on Wednesday.

According to Gawker's Defamer, TMZ - which recently released a video of a 15-year-old Bieber singing "One Less Lonely N---er" - has been using the video to blackmail him for years.

The report cites "multiple sources with knowledge of TMZ's editorial operations" who say the celebrity new site has "been using it as essentially ransom so that Bieber and his team would co-operate with them and give them scoops."

A TMZ spokesperson denied the allegation, calling it "absolutely not true."


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