Justin Bieber Apologizes for Second Racist Video
The pop star says he needs to "take responsibility for … mistakes" he made "years ago."
Justin Bieber has apologized again for the second video that has emerged of him making racist remarks.
In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Bieber said he was taking responsibility for what he said "years ago."
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"Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with," Bieber said in the statement. "But, I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. Once again, I am sorry for all those I have let down and offended. I just hope that the next kid that age who doesn’t understand the power of these words does not make the same mistake I once made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did."
On Wednesday, a second video emerged of a young-looking Bieber making racist jokes, including inserting the N-word into the lyrics for "One Less Lonely Girl."
On Sunday, the pop star apologized for another, five-year-old clip that recently surfaced in which he's shown telling a joke with a racist punchline.
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"Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake, and I'm grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man," he apologized. "Once again … I'm sorry."
Both Bieber and manager Scooter Braun also appeared to respond to the video via their Instagram accounts on Wednesday.
Bieber posted the below photo of passages from the Bible.
Braun, meanwhile, posted an image to Instagram of a separate statement, saying that how a man reacts to mistakes "defines him more than the mistake himself."