Justin Bieber Caught Smoking Pot?

By KATE MORAWETZ

Photos have emerged revealing how Justin Bieber rolled in the New Year and to put it bluntly, it looks like the night went off on a "high" note. The photos show The Biebs attending a party inside a Newport Beach hotel room, holding what looks to be a smoldering joint.

Making matters worse, the party was on January 2 - a day after a paparazzo was killed while trying to snap photos of Justin's white Ferrari, and he doesn't look too upset, laughing and having a grand ol' time.

Justin Instagram photo-bomber Lil' Twist, the 19-year-old rapper who was driving Justin's car at the time of the fatal accident, was at the party as well. And according to sources at the party, Twist and his brother were the ones rolling the joints. Twist's Twitter profile pic suggests he's a fan of the illegal substance.

Rumours are swirling that people close to Justin are afraid that Twist might be a bad influence. But according to The Biebs' Twitter account he's "still learning," tweeting what some people are calling a subtle apology to his very young fan base: "everyday growing and learning trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up."

Justin's reps had no comment, but the scandal does seem to coincide with the reports that the photog who was killed was trying to prove Justin was smoking pot hours before he ran onto a freeway to grab a photo of the traffic stop.

So what do you think? Will these photos have any effect on Justin's career and young fan base?  Is it a big deal if Justin was smoking pot? Tweet us your thoughts or leave them in the comments section below!

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