Justin Bieber and the paparazzi have always had a tumultuous relationship, but this time things got real bad. A paparazzo was killed while trying to take photos of Justin Bieber’s white Ferrari.
Apparently Justin loaned his fancy car to his friends who were speeding down the 405 with it. The car was pulled over and parked on the side of the road while the driver was given a ticket.
Of course, a paparazzo was following Bieber’s car, unaware that Bieber wasn’t driving it, and parked his car (the silver Infiniti pictured above) on the side of the road to get better photos of the Ferrari.
The pap then jaywalked across the highway, completely ignoring the CHP officer’s request to go back to the other side of the road.
When the photog tried to return to the other side of the street he was hit by an oncoming vehicle. LAPD told Hollyscoop, “The CHP warned the paparazzi to not jump the barrier on the 405 to get shots of Bieber, but he did anyways. He was killed by a car that was exiting the highway- after being warned to not run out on the busy highway."
Police say charges will likely NOT be charged against the motorist who hit the photog.
One thing is certain, Justin will never loan his car to his friends ever again.
Bieber did release a statement, saying, “While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim. 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.”
In case you were wondering what JB was doing that fateful evening, Justin and Selena were partying on New Year’s Eve in Mexico.
UPDATE: Rapper Lil Twist was driving Justin Bieber's Ferrari when it was pulled over Tuesday night ... moments before a paparazzo was hit by another car and killed -- TMZ has learned.
UPDATE 2: The photog who was killed taking pics of Justin Bieber's car made a call less than an hour before he died, telling someone he was on a big story -- because he claimed he saw Justin smoking marijuana while driving, which wasn't true because JB was in Mexico with girlfriend Selena Gomez.