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He started as Justin's mentor when Bieber was new in the music business....he also put Justin on the map.

 

Now he's defending Justin after racist videos of Bieber have popped up....

 

What did Usher say about Justin's videos?

 

"At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn't always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist," Usher wrote over the weekend. "What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs."