The tragic story of Chris Guerra, the photographer killed trying to photograph Justin Bieber's Ferrari, just took a strange turn. An anonymous source (also a photographer) claims he was on the phone with Guerra shortly before he was struck by a car. The photographer says Guerra told him he spotted Bieber smoking pot earlier in his car. (As it happens, Bieber was not even in the Ferrari Guerra was trying to photograph when he was killed.)
Worse, the friend thinks this makes Bieber responsible for Guerra's death. According to TMZ, "He also says he believes Justin is partly to blame for Chris' death because of the singer's reckless driving history and alleged pot smoking which made it a big story to follow." What?!?
Hold on a minute here. I know a young man just lost his life, and I'm sure his friends and family are reeling with grief right now. But can we slow down a moment with the accusations?
We just don't know enough about what really happened, exactly. Guerra may have been mistaken about what he thinks he saw. And even if he did spy Justin Bieber smoking pot while speeding down the highway earlier that day, that doesn't make Justin responsible for the photographer's death. No one HAS to chase the crazy, dangerous celebs. It's not safe to tail Lindsay Lohan, either! Just for one example.
There's a big, lucrative market for tabloid gossip. And there are people who risk their lives chasing those stories for a living. But you can't blame celebs for dangling stories of reckless behavior in front of photographers. On the other hand, maybe this is a good moment for Justin Bieber to do a little self-reflection himself. He didn't cause this death, but it seems like he's been getting into trouble lately. 2013 could be the year Biebs decides not to follow the path of so many troubled former child stars before him.
Do you think Justin Bieber really is engaging in risky behavior or is it all just empty gossip?
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