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Justin Bieber was accused of a "Tweet Hoax" this week when he tweeted his nearly 29 million Twitter followers that he was the victim of a laptop theft during a show Tuesday night at the Tacoma Dome.
On Friday some had questioned whether the theft claims made by Bieber were authentic or simply a hoax created to generate further publicity for the star's new music video that was released Friday.
However, Bieber's publicist Melissa Victor has said the theft report is true and not a hoax as some had been suggesting.
"Be very clear, the laptop was indeed stolen in Tacoma. That was NOT a hoax," Victor wrote in an email to the Associated Press.
Bieber had tweeted a message about someone stealing his laptop and threatening to expose a "wild" video on Friday, but suspicions were raised when the alleged thief simply premiered Bieber's new video.
However, now Bieber's publicist has moved to deny that the laptop theft was a hoax, although according to AP she would not reply to questions about the release of the music video or whether the Twitter account claiming to have footage of the pop start was connected to publicity.
According to AP a Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum has confirmed that a police report was filed on Wednesday.
"A lot of people got played," Fulghum said. "It became a big media frenzy, so I guess that was the idea."
However, he did acknowledge that the laptop could have been stolen, although after reviewing surveillance footage of the room where Bieber's laptop was allegedly stolen they were unable to determine for sure whether a theft had taken place or not.