Justin Bieber's publicist insists his laptop was stolen.
The 'Believe' hitmaker complained on Tuesday (09.10.12) his computer and camera were taken backstage at his gig in Tacoma, Washington, and even though Justin appeared to confirm it was all a publicity stunt for his new video 'Beauty and a Beat', his representative has caused confusion with her statement claiming it was real.
Melissa Victor said in an email: ''Be very clear, the laptop was indeed stolen in Tacoma. That was NOT a hoax (sic).''
After the alleged theft, twitter user gwexy threatened to release a personal video at 12pm on Friday (12.10.12) - and the footage was 'Beauty and a Beat', the singer's new promo with Nicki Minaj.
Justin thanked the 'hacker' for publishing the video and went on to explain he had created the hoax because he was tired of false stories being created about him.
He posted: ''Since I was 14 i have had a lot of things said about me, from dying, to taking hormones, to dying again, to stuff about my family.
''To saying i had a baby with a woman i never even met. nude pics, drugs, my family, my character...but today...today i get to be in on it. (sic)''
Meanwhile, police in Tacoma are unhappy with the entire incident with spokesman Mark Fulghum saying a report was filed online on Wednesday (10.10.12), but he now doubts there will be a full investigation.
He said: ''A lot of people got played. It became a big media frenzy, so I guess that was the idea.''