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Bieber publicist: Stolen laptop tweet not a hoax

By Manuel Valdes

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 12 2012 1:45 p.m. MDT

This Sept. 30, 2012 photo released by the Las Vegas News Bureau shows singer Justin Bieber performing in concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Bieber tweeted to his nearly 29 million followers he was victimized during the show Tuesday, Oct. 9, after his laptop was stolen at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash. But questions were raised Friday about the authenticity of Bieber’s claim. Bieber’s publicist Melissa Victor says it’s not a hoax and the laptop was indeed stolen.

Las Vegas News Bureau, Steve Spatafore, Associated Press

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SEATTLE — Was pop star Justin Bieber's laptop actually stolen during a show in Washington state?

Bieber tweeted to his nearly 29 million followers he was victimized during the show Tuesday night at the Tacoma Dome. But questions were raised Friday about the authenticity of Bieber's claim.

Another Twitter alluded to having the laptop. The account 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 Friday.

But Bieber's publicist Melissa Victor says it's not a hoax and the laptop was indeed stolen.

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum says a report was filed, but he doesn't foresee spending much time investigating.

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