justin-bieber-BelieveJustin Bieber can’t seem to escape the cloud of marijuana smoke swirling around his head. He’s surfaced in the middle of another pot-smoking incident. It happened in November during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York.

The 18-year-old singer and his entourage were checked into the swank Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side. While he was there, guests staying on the same floor complained to management about “a strong smell.”

The odor was emanating from rooms thought to have been booked by the teen star, according to The New York Post. The sickly sweet smell was so heavy it rolled out into the hallway, and some guests asked to be moved to another floor.

But Bieber’s reps are trying to push off the incident on one of the other performers. “It was a complete mix-up. Justin wasn’t even on the floor in question, it was actually coming from another star’s room,” the Bieber camp source told the tabloid. “It has been a running joke on his team ever since.”

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Bieber performed at the show along with Rihanna and Bruno Mars.

But the running joke can’t be too funny now, after photographs of Bieber were published, showing him deftly handling what looked to be a rolled marijuana “blunt.”

He was snapped at a Newport Beach party on Jan. 2. Only one day earlier, a photographer was killed trying to get a photo of his $200,000 Ferrari during a traffic stop. Bieber pal Christopher Moore, aka rapper Lil Twist, was driving. Bieb’s wasn’t along.

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The photographer, Chris Guerra, was convinced he saw Bieber driving the car earlier in the day smoking a marijuana pipe, according to reports.

After the photos surfaced, Bieber tweeted an apology to his fans: “Everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up . . . i never want to let any of you down. i love u. and thank u.”

Rihanna is a self-professed pot smoker, but it’s unknown whether Mars uses the drug. Still it seems kind of cheap to push the incident off on one of them, given the Bieb’s recent behavior.