News: Tyler, the Creator Comes Clean On Justin Bieber Controversy [Video]
Thursday, Jun 13, 2013 3:15PM
Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator has provided some clarity into what really went down when he took pop singer Justin Bieber's car for a ride in California last month.
Despite widespread speculation which would suggest otherwise, Tyler denied being a reckless driver in JB's whip when approached by paparazzi this week.
Tyler, the Creator tells TMZ ... he was definitely driving Justin Bieber's Ferrari on the day of the confrontation with Keyshawn Johnson ... but insists he never burned rubber or endangered kids. Tyler was at a MySpace party at the El Rey Theater in L.A. last night when at first he joked that he was "whipping" JB's ride through the streets of Calabasas on the day of the Memorial Day weekend encounter. But Tyler quickly clicked into serious mode ... telling TMZ, "Nah, I wasn't whipping ... I was driving nicely." He also insisted he has concern for pedestrians when he's behind the wheel. (TMZ)
Recently, the Biebs publicly thanked Tyler for taking the blame.
Bieber appreciated the effort to take the fall, writing back, "All good buddy. I deal with this everyday. Thanks though. The baby ain't mine either," he added in reference to a new paternity claim by a woman who reportedly said she had a one-night stand with the singer in Miami after meeting him at a TGI Friday's restaurant. Bieber's camp has denied the woman's story, just as it vigorously defended a previous, since-dropped paternity claim? from 2011 by a woman who said she had a one-time fling with the singer backstage at one of his shows. (MTV)
In early June, the rapper gave himself up as the culprit responsible for Bieber making negative headlines.
"That Was Me Behind The Wheel Of Justins Vehicle. Don't Blame Him. People Are Actually Evil Swearing Up And Down That It Was Who It Wasnt.," he tweeted June 1st. (Tyler, the Creator's Twitter)
Earlier the same day, reports surfaced online which connected Tyler to the reckless driving accusations.
Justin Bieber's security people have told cops ... they have video showing that Tyler, the Creator -- NOT JUSTIN -- was behind the wheel at the time the car was being recklessly driven on Memorial Day ... this according to law enforcement sources. Here's the problem -- if Justin really was the one who was recklessly driving, the security people could be part of a conspiracy to hang Tyler out to dry. TMZ posted video of Keyshawn Johnson Friday ... in which Keyshawn says he saw Justin behind the wheel of his Ferrari in the driveway of his gated community. We're told 3 other witnesses also saw Justin behind the wheel. (TMZ)
Check out Tyler, the Creator's on-street interview: