Oh, Justin Bieber, you're such a prankster. Such an expertly conceived, precision-executed, hoax-style prankster.
Seems that "stolen" laptop and camera we learned about Wednesday weren't stolen at all. Rather, the notion that "personal footage" from Bieber might be circulating out there was the first piece in a prank puzzle that came together Friday as the Biebs launched his newest music video, "Beauty and a Beat," featuring Nicki Minaj.
[Updated, 4:05 p.m. Oct. 12: The laptop really was stolen Tuesday night in Washington state, Bieber's publicist told the Associated Press late Friday. "Be very clear, the laptop was indeed stolen in Tacoma. That was NOT a hoax," she said via email. Tacoma police told the AP that a police report was filed Wednesday.]
An alleged naked picture of Justin got the media treatment Thursday, with some outlets losing it a little along the way, as you can see in the laugh-riot KTLA video above. Then "threats" regarding the footage surfaced in the afternoon through a brand-new Twitter account, @gexwy. The user posted videos allegedly from the laptop and taunted Bieber for having lousy password protection on his equipment.