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Justin Bieber, amid drug rumors, tweets, ‘don’t believe the bs’

In this Nov. 18 2012 file phoJustBieber arrives 40th Anniversary American Music Awards Los Angeles. | AP File

In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo, Justin Bieber arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards in Los Angeles. | AP File

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Updated: March 5, 2013 6:29AM



J ustin Bieber is never shy about turning to Twitter to address tales told about him, and over the weekend the pop music phenom again jumped on the rumors he’s slipping into a downward spiral of drug use.

“Some of the rumors about me are getting a little out of control now. don’t believe the bs,” Bieber tweeted Saturday, adding, “Gonna focus on the positive. [I] understand that rumors come with the territory but I’m gonna stay me.”

While the teen entertainer then told his fans to “focus on the music. U wanna know what I’m about…it is all right there,” he did not do something members of his inner circle wish he had — specifically deny the stories he is drinking a lot of codeine-laced cough syrup and smoking marijuana.

Key players close to Team Bieber are deeply worried about the young singer’s seeming attraction to rapper Lil Twist and his buddy Lil Za. “He’s been hanging out with a group of guys that are not good for him or his image,” said a very concerned Bieber associate Sunday. “His fans are super loyal and love him to death, but Justin could be risking a lot by hanging with those guys. … He has a strong teen and ’tween girl demographic. He’s got to think about that.”

Speaking of girls, while Bieber has been inaccurately linked to nursing student Milyn “Mimi” Jensen, there are reports he and ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez may again be trying to re-establish their relationship. The former couple were allegedly together for an all-night get-together Saturday.

STAR POWER: For the annual “Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts” luncheon, the theater company has tapped Emmy, Tony and two-time Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker as its honoree for the March 4 event at the JW Marriott Chicago. Best known for her roles on “Weeds,” “Red,” “The West Wing” and “Angels in America,” Parker will be interviewed about her life and career by Steppenwolf’s artistic director Martha Lavey.

TAKE A BOW: Former U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald will receive the Harvard Club of Chicago’s Annual Award on March 2, at a dinner event chaired by Nancy Berman, heading a committee that includes club president Ked Fairbank, plus Stephen Baird, Honey Skinner, James Stone and Paul Choi.

The Harvard award goes annually to Chicagoans of extraordinary public service achievement — as exemplified by Fitzgerald’s long list of prosecutions and convictions in public corruptions cases ranging from the George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich trials to those involving international terrorism, corporate fraud and organized crime.

FIRING BACK: Considering the many violent films he’s made — including his new “Bullet to the Head” — it’s probably not surprising Sylvester Stallone is already being blasted as a hypocrite all over social media sites for his statements this past week favoring gun control legislation, including the reinstatement of a ban on assault weapons.

Stallone told the Associated Press. “Who needs an assault weapon? … You can’t hunt with it. … Who’s going to attack your house, a [expletive] army?”

TV TALK: In honor of “Elvis Week,” a few members of the hit “Million Dollar Quartet” musical will appear on David Letterman’s late-night chatfest on CBS. Lance Lipinsky, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis in the Chicago production, will appear with his band, Lance Lipinsky and the Lovers, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Cody Ray Slaughter, who plays Elvis Presley in the national tour of “Million Dollar Quartet,” also will be on Monday, and Brandon Bennett, the Chicago production’s Elvis, will be on “Letterman” Tuesday.

SPLITSVILLE SAGA: Not only was Glenn Plummer’s character Sheriff Vic Trammel killed off on “Sons of Anarchy,” but now his real-life marriage is in the throes of a death knell.According to TMZ, the actor’s wife of 12 years,

DeMonica Santiago-Plummer — who was a member of the ’80s R&B group the Good Girls — filed divorce papers in Los Angeles, seeking full legal and physical custoday of the couple’s two children.

TOP SPEAKER: Congrats to Sun-Times financial columnist extraordinaire Terry Savage, just named one of the country’s top five speakers in the category of economics and finance by the Speakers Platform. Savage’s selection followed the vote of 11,000 global business leaders and educators, based on such factors as overall expertise, professionalism, presentation skills and original contributions to the field.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade stepped out in his Windy City hometown the other night — meeting up with pals for a hearty meal at RPM Italian. … Recent Pump Room sightings have included Ernie Banks celebrating his 82nd birthday in Booth One, and funnyman and Yorkville native Andy Richter dining with a team from Story Films, Dr. James Chandler and Christopher Gardner — whose “The Pursuit of Happyness” became the hit film, starring Will Smith and his son, Jaden. … The Cubs’ David DeJesus was spied dining at Carnivale with his wife, Kim. … There are Flywheel spinning studios on the Gold Coast and in Highland Park, but the Bears’ Matt Forte took advantage of the special Flywheel “pop-up” studio in New Orleans to do some spinning while down at the Super Bowl.

MAKIN’ MOVIES: It looks like an upcoming Johnny Depp film will have him portraying Whitey Bulger — the notorious Boston mob boss arrested in June 2011 after being on the run and atop the FBI’s Most Wanted list for more than a decade. “Black Mass,” based on the bestselling book, will begin filming in May under the direction of Barry Levinson.

Native Bostonians Ben Affleck and Matt Damon also have been working to make a movie about Bulger, one of the inspirations for the film, “The Departed.”

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox 32 News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.



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