(TMZ.com) -- Photos acquired by TMZ.com appear to show Justin Bieber, who performed in Denver Monday night, kicking off the new year on real high note, clutching a smoldering marijuana blunt at a big party inside a Newport Beach hotel room on Jan 2.
It didn't seem to matter to his fans lined up outside the Pepsi Center Monday night. Watch the video to see their reaction to the controversy.
Sources at the party told TMZ, Bieber's friend Lil Twist was there too. The 19-year-old rapper was driving Bieber's Ferrari at the time the paparazzo was killed.
According to sources, Twist and his brother were rolling all the blunts and providing them to a smoke-filled room full of party-goers.Sources close to Bieber were insistent that the photographer who was killed lied when he said the pop star was smoking weed hours before the fatal accident.
TMZ reported that Bieber's security escort was present and did not protest the taking of photos. Later, a Bieber spokesperson had no comment.
Beiber will be performing at the Pepsi Center in Denver Monday night. Colorado voters passed amendment making the smoking of marijuana legal for those over the age of 21.
Bieber is 18.