Did Justin Bieber go too far in a joke about a chainsaw and "black people"? In footage released by TMZ over the weekend, Bieber jokes "Run n—-r, n—-r, n—-r" with a group of friends.
According to TMZ, the joke (watch below) was captured during Bieber's Never Say Never documentary taping, but was edited out.
The Sun also obtained the video, which they claim Bieber tried to buy for a "huge sum of money" just to make sure it never made headlines.
TMZ claims they have had this video for four years, but decided not to post it until now because Bieber was 15 years old at the time.
Bieber issue an apology via CNN:
"As a young man, I didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn't realize at the time that it wasn't funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance," Bieber, now 20, said in a statement.
He added: "I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again."