Hoax allegations surrounding Justin Bieber and his stolen laptop have been denied by the singer’s publicist after Bieber tweeted the news to his followers on Twitter.
Earlier this week, the Twitter handle @gexwy was behind the alleged release of Bieber’s stolen laptop information, which included a supposed racy video. However, when the video was posted, it linked to Bieber’s newest single with Nicki Minaj called “Beauty and the Beat”.
Critics cried foul, claiming it was all just an elaborate hoax to drum up publicity for Bieber’s new single.
Ahead of the video release, Bieber himself responded directly to @gexwy. “No matter what you have and what you post tomorrow,” said Justin. “I know my fans won’t leave me. Screw it. #toostrong.”
Amid the many hoax rumors, however, Justin Bieber’s publicist, Melissa Victor, sent an e-mail to The Associated Press. “Be very clear,” said Victor, “the laptop was indeed stolen in Tacoma. That was NOT a hoax.”
As reported by the AP, Tacoma police won’t spend too much time investigating the alleged theft despite the fact that a theft report was filed on Wednesday before Bieber’s concert in Vancouver.
So, if it wasn’t a hoax, why did the alleged racy video link to “Beauty and the Beat”?
A disclaimer for the video reads:
“In October of 2012, three hours of personal footage was stolen from musician Justin Bieber. The following footage was illegally uploaded by an anonymous blogger.”
Do you think it was a publicity stunt?