The Straits Times
Published on Oct 13, 2012

Stolen laptop tweet not a hoax: Bieber's publicist


SEATTLE (AP) - Was pop star Justin Bieber's laptop actually stolen during a show in Washington state? Bieber tweeted to his nearly 29 million followers he and his tour manager were victimised during the show Tuesday night at the Tacoma Dome.

But questions were raised on Friday about the authenticity of Bieber's claim.

Another Twitter user alluded to having the laptop and footage of the pop star. The account, though, linked to Bieber's new music video, which starts with text saying personal footage was stolen and uploaded "illegally". That prompted suspicions the supposed theft was a hoax meant to hype the new music video, which was released on Friday.

But Bieber's publicist Melissa Victor says the theft report is true.