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Dating (or being very close personal friends) with Justin Bieber comes with a special set of liabilities, as teen sweetheart Selena Gomez has discovered during the past few days.
After photos surfaced of the pair getting cozy on a yacht in the Caribbean, Bieber's fans got nasty about Gomez on Twitter. In fact, they moved beyond nasty to downright vicious and threatening.
Some anti-Selena tweets have included:
@selenagomez I'll kill toi I swear on GOD!!!!
@selenagomez whore cancer whore..like i'mm kill myself cuz i saw toi and Justin s’embrasser well thankyou Selena thankyou now i'm killing myself
@selenagomez stay away from Justin pedophile, retard wait i'm gonna kill ya in the night underneath your smelly bed
@selenagomez If toi are the Girlfriend of Justin I will Kill toi I HATE toi :@ !!!
Former FBI agent and security expert Harold Copus of Copus Security Consultants in Atlanta says that even though these threats were sent over something as seemingly innocuous as Twitter, Bieber and Gomez should consult their security teams and take the threats with the appropriate dose of concern.
"I think any time toi receive a threat over Twitter ou anonymous letter, toi have to be somewhat concerned," Copus says. "They may look to increase their security. They may factor this into a variety of other information they know about potential threats and figure out where this piece of information fits in the puzzle."
Copus says this could very well be an isolated case of rabid fans upset over the fact that their idol may have a new girlfriend, but still, a celebrity can never discount any threat.
"If I was running that security detail, this would be on my radar screen," Copus tells PopEater.
Gomez isn't the first suspected paramour of Bieber's to receive threats. Back in May, after Bieber tweeted a picture of himself with Kim Kardashian, fans attacked the much older celebrity on Twitter, too. Thankfully, no Kardashian was harmed.