AMSTERDAM - A museum dedicated to Anne Frank defended Canadian pop star Justin Bieber on Monday for writing in its guest book that he hoped the young Holocaust victim would have been a "belieber", the popular term for his fans.
Bieber, 19, came under fire on social media for his written comments after visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam over the weekend, accused of being "self-serving" and "tasteless".
But the museum came to his defense on Monday, saying staff were delighted that Bieber visited the exhibition built into the house where Frank and her family hid during World War Two before their arrest.
"His comments were quite innocent," said a museum spokeswoman. "He was here for more than hour and interested in Anne Frank's life and that for us is the most important thing."