Good Evening
Good Evening

Justin Bieber apologizes after second racist video is released

Justin Bieber attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS

Justin Bieber attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala in Cap d'Antibes, France, on May 22, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Vittorio Zunino Celotto

Pop star Justin Bieber has issued a new apology following the release of a second racist video he shot while in his midteens.

"Facing my mistakes from years ago has been one of the hardest things I've ever dealt with," Bieber, 20, said in a statement provided to Newsday. "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."

The six-year-old video, the second such released within a week, shows Bieber singing a parody of his own "One Less Lonely Girl," but with the word "girl" replaced by a racial slur. He also jokes about killing black people and joining the Ku Klux Klan. The Canadian singer already apologized on Sunday for a five-year-old video in which he told a racist joke involving African-Americans.

Along with his second apology, Bieber posted an Instagram image of a page containing biblical quotations from a book identified by The Christian Post as Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence."

Bieber's longtime manager, Scooter Braun, posted his own note 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."

More Entertainment