It could be one of the most talked about headlines of the day, Superstar pop singer Justin Bieber was the target of a bizarre murder-for-hire and castration plot.
According to published reports, New Mexico men were hired to pull off the deed. One of those was arrested on Nov. 20. He allegedly had pruning shears that were to be used to cut off Biebers manhood at a price of $2,500 for each testicle, according to court documents.
Tanner Ruane, 23, and his ex-con uncle Mark Staake, 41, were supposed to strangle 18-year-old Bieber and his bodyguard with a paisley tie at the singer’s late November show at the Garden, then castrate them both.
"We take every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans," Bieber’s management team said in a prepared statement Wednesday night, refusing to comment further.
---Justin Bieber and his mom Pattie
The scheme was reportedly was set in motion by Dana Martin, 45, who is serving a life sentence for the 2000 rape and murder of a 15-year-old Vermont girl whom he strangled with a paisley tie . Martin was reportedly upset that three letters he had written to Bieber went unasnwered.
Martin is doing time in a Las Cruces, NM, prison as part of an interstate agreement dealing with housing inmates.
It was there that Martin — who has a tattoo of Bieber on his leg — met Staake and hatched the bizarre plan.