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Justin Bieber releases statement after photographer death

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Justin Bieber has called for new legislation to protect celebrities and photographers following the death of a paparazzo in Los Angeles.

Freelance photographer Chris Guerra, who was identified by TMZ, was killed in a traffic collision on New Year's Day while attempting to capture an image of the 'Boyfriend' singer.

Justin Bieber appears on Oprah Winfrey, airs 26 November 2012

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Guerra had been taking pictures of Bieber's Ferrari, although it later emerged that the musician was not in the car at the time of the incident.

Bieber has now released a statement expressing his sadness and urging new laws to be introduced.

"While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim," he said.

"Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."

Pop star Justin Bieber spotted heading back home to his Calabasas Estate in his new Ferrari with girlfriend Selena Gomez after spending the night at her house - Los Angeles, California - 03.12.12

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A report on TMZ has alleged that Guerra had been following Bieber all day and believed that he had seen him smoking marijuana while driving.

However, a spokesperson for Bieber said: "It's really sad that people are trying to push a story without the facts so soon after this tragic accident.

"Justin was not present or involved in this incident and the focus should remain on honouring the memory of the victim."

Last year, Bieber took legal action against photographer Paul Raef after a high-speed chase on a Los Angeles freeway, although the charges were later thrown out by a judge.

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