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Justin Bieber Stolen Laptop and Camera - Sex Tape Rumours

Outline
Circulating social media messages claim that pop star Justin Bieber had his laptop and camera stolen at a recent concert and speculate that the devices may have contained "sex tape" footage or other embarrassing information.



Brief Analysis
Credible reports indicate that Justin Bieber did have a personal laptop and camera stolen while he performed at Tacoma, Washington, on October 9, 2012. Exactly what information or images were contained on the devices has not been revealed. Suggestions that the stolen information or pictures may be subsequently used to embarrass or discredit the young star is - at this point at least - nothing more than idle speculation.

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Last updated: October 11, 2012
First published: October 11, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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Justin Bieber had his laptop and camera stolen last night in Tacoma! Sex tape???? lol

Did you hear that Bieber laptop and digital camera were stolen? Maybe there will be some kind of Bieber sex tape thing happenning. lol

Bieber's laptop and camera stolen in Tacoma! said he has personal things on there..hope they wern't TOO personal..lol

Justin bieber is mad that his laptop got stolen now because his naked pics will get released



Detailed Analysis
Social media websites are currently abuzz with speculation about possible consequences involving the theft of a laptop computer and camera belonging to pop superstar Justin Bieber. The messages claim that Bieber had the devices stolen while performing at an October 9, 2012 concert at Tacoma, Washington. While many messages are sympathetic in tone, others rather gleefully suggest that the devices may contain movie footage, pictures or personal information that might be later used to embarrass or discredit the young performer. Perhaps, some rather breathlessly suggest, even a "sex tape".

According to various media reports, a laptop and camera belonging to Justin Bieber were indeed stolen at the Tacoma concert. An October 10 News Tribune article notes:

While Justin Bieber was stealing hearts in Tacoma on Tuesday night someone was stealing his camera and computer containing personal images.

An October 10 Winnipeg Free Press article concurs, noting:

Justin Bieber's laptop has been stolen.
The 'Never Say Never' hitmaker was performing in Tacoma, Washington, last night (09.10.12) when a thief struck, allegedly taking the computer and his camera, which the singer said contained a lot of "personal" material.

Bieber posted the following message to Twitter after the concert:

yesterday during the show me and my tour manager josh had some stuff stolen. really sucks. people should respect other's property

He followed up with another message which stated:

i had a lot of personal footage on that computer and camera and that is what bothers me the most. #lame #norespect

But, despite the rumours and speculation making their way around social media sites, exactly what this "personal footage" might show has not been revealed.


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Justin Bieber complains of theft during Tacoma Dome concert
Justin Bieber's laptop stolen

Last updated: October 11, 2012
First published: October 11, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer