Social media driven story that features a photograph of star Justin Bieber hugging a young girl, claims that the girl was raped after a concert and then, when she finally found her way home, was told that her mother had been killed in an accident. According to the story, Justin Bieber later met the girl and offered comfort and support.
The story is nonsense and the events described never took place. Some prankster stole a photograph of Justin with the girl and made up a fanciful tale to go with it. The girl in the photograph has stated that there is no truth to the story, noting that she simply met Justin outside his hotel room.
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Last updated: July 9, 2012
First published: July 9, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
Research by David White, Brett Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer
This girl went to Justin's concert, and after.. She got raped. She was crying in the street for 3 days, all she had was 1O dollars, couldn't find her way home, her parents thought she was in a hotel. They went looking for her, the girl finally found a way home when her dad told her that her mom has been killed in a car accident. The story went out on twitter & Justin met her and she told him the story and they cried together. They also went to dinner together and Justin is paying psycological support.
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This rapidly circulating social media message tells the harrowing tale of a young girl who was first raped and left to wander crying in the streets only to find out when she finally found her way home, that her mother had been killed in a car accident. Supposedly, the events took place after the girl attended a Justin Bieber concert. The story claims that, after he heard the girl's story via Twitter posts, Justin Bieber met and comforted her and is offering ongoing support. The message includes a photograph of Justin with his arm around the girl.
However, the claims in the story are total nonsense. The events described did not happen. The prankster who made up this absurd tale took and reused the photograph of the girl without her permission. The girl herself, writing under the name "Bieber Swag Baby" has tried to stop the spread of the rumours, noting on her blog:
ALL THE RUMOURS THAT I WAS RAPED AND MY MOM DIED ARE NOT TRUE!!!! Someone took my picture and made up a story, I just met him outside of his hotel…NOTHING ELSE!!!
She also published the following FAQ entry:
Is it true that you got raped, your mom died and now justin is paying for your therapy?
NOO!! That is not me!! This is my photo and someone took it and made up the story. The picture is me but the story is not true! I just met him outside his hotel, nothing else.
The photograph, along with two others in the same sequence are also published on Bieber Swag Baby's blog. And, for the record, there are no credible news or entertainment reports that back up the claims in the story in any way. Given the high profile nature of the young star, the story, if true, would have garnered considerable media attention.
Thus, it seems that someone has stolen the girl's photograph and simply invented the silly story to go with it. Such hoaxes can cause great distress for the innocent person whose images and information has been stolen and misused. Please do not pass on this nasty, false, and utterly pointless message to others.