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Justin Bieber's NY Mall Signing Becomes Near-Riot: Shoving Frenzy Breaks Out At As Fans Wait For Arrival Of Teen Sensation Justin Bieber
One minute they were lined up at a Long Island mall to see a teen singing sensation. The next, they were pushing and shoving in what police are calling a near-riot.
The cancelation of the event is blamed on "Justin Bieber fever" – and too little security. Now, a member of the singer's management team is under arrest, and parents are speaking out, reports CBS station WCBS-TV.
Bieber got to tell his side of the story Saturday morning on the radio.
"I was basically heading over to the mall where I was doing a signing," Bieber said. "They were not letting me in to the building; they threatened to arrest my mom and I."
The only person arrested was 44-year-old James Roppo, a vice president with Bieber's record company. He is charged with child endangerment and assault.
Police say Roppo failed to cooperate when he was asked to send a message on Twitter to help clear the crowd.
Originally posted by Seiko
Is failing to stop a riot the same as inciting a riot?
I hope there's more to this story, because I never use any of the social sites.
Did bieber say they wouldn't let him in? Sounds like this is overzealous mall cop at blame.
James Roppo, 44, the senior vice president of sales at Island Def Jam Records, sent out Internet messages to over 3,000 fans that Justin Bieber was signing autographs even after police dispersed the crowd, cops said.
The Canadian singing sensation tweeted a warning to his fans to stay away.
"They are not allowing me to come into the mall. if you dont leave I and my fans will be arrested as the police just told us," Bieber tweeted.
"The event at roosevelt mall is cancelled," he wrote. "please go home. ... I dont want anyone hurt."