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Justin Bieber turned to religion as race controversy loomed

Embattled pop star Justin Bieber turned to religion and was baptized in a bathtub as controversy loomed over his use of racist slurs, according to a report.

Justin Bieber turned to religion as race controversy loomed

Justin Bieber attends amfAR´s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d´Antibes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Justin Bieber attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Embattled pop star Justin Bieber turned to religion and was baptized in a bathtub as controversy loomed over his use of racist slurs, according to a report.

Pastor Carl Lentz tells editors at TMZ.com he spent a week working with the 'Baby' hitmaker on intensive Bible study sessions after the star's aides were approached earlier this year by a man in possession of two videos showing the singer using the N-word. According to the website, the sessions focused on studying Bible passages and attending services, and came to a climax with a baptism in one of Bieber's friend's bathtubs after attempts to find a church for the ritual risked exposing the singer's privacy.

The troubled hitmaker issued a number of apologies after the emergence of two videos last week, made when he was a teenager, in which he uses derogatory terms. One involves the singer telling a joke using the N-word, and the second shows him replacing the words of his hit One Less Lonely Girl with the N-word and joking about joining race-hate group the Ku Klux Klan.

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