Justin Bieber caught on video telling racial slur joke; apologizes

June 1, 2014 Updated: June 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm
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FILE - This May 11, 2014 file photo shows singer Justin Bieber, center, watching the Los Angeles Clippers play the Oklahoma City Thunder with his mother Pattie Mallette, second from left, in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police said Wednesday May 14, 2014, that they have opened an attempted robbery investigation involving Bieber after receiving a report that the pop singer tried to take property from a person at a Los Angeles family entertainment center on Monday night. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, FIle )

NEW YORK — Justin Bieber is apologizing after a years-old video surfaced showing the then-teenager telling a racist joke with the N-word.

In a statement Sunday to The Associated Press, Bieber said when he was a kid he didn't realize how certain words could hurt. He says he learned from his mistakes and apologized for them, and now is apologizing again because they have become public.

The British tabloid The Sun first published the video, which is five years old. In it, a then 15-year-old Bieber tells a joke about black people that has the racial epithet as the punchline. Before he says it, someone warns him not to — but he says it anyway amid laughter.

The 20-year-old Bieber says ignorance has "no place in our society" and he hopes that others won't make the same mistake that he has.

Watch the video here.

Justin Bieber caught on video telling racial slur joke; apologizes

Updated: June 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm

A 15-year-old Justin Bieber told a racist joke to friends ... knowing his own photog was in the room and rolling. The video was shot backstage at a promotional event early in his career. TMZ got this video 4 years ago but decided not to post it ... in large part because he was 15 and...

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