That shocking footage shows Justin, who was 14 at the time, parodying his song "One Less Lonely Girl" by subbing in a racial epithet — while joking about killing black people and earning membership in the Ku Klux Klan.
That video came days after another one, in which a then-15-year-old Justin uses the same slur in the punchline of a joke.
"Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with," Justin emotes in a statement published by Us Weekly. "But I feel now that I need to take responsibility for those mistakes and not let them linger. I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn't understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago. At the end of the day I just need to step up and own what I did."
Scooter Braun, Justin's manager, tried a little spin control on Instagram, writing, "Some mistakes have no excuses. They are just wrong. But how a man reacts to those mistakes… How he owns it and learns from it… That defines him more than the mistake itself."
Here's hoping Justin doesn't have cause for a third apology this week…
Source: Us Weekly