Charges To Be Dropped In Bieber Mall Incident

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) — Teen pop singer Justin Bieber has agreed to record a public service announcement on cyberbullying in order to resolve misdemeanor charges filed against one of his managers and a record executive after a frenzy at a Long Island mall.

The case stemmed from an incident in 2009, when thousands of unruly girls turned up at a clothing store in Garden City to see Bieber sign autographs.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Bieber manager Scott Bruan and Def Jam Records executive James Roppo were charged after police said they refused to help disperse the crowd.

Prosecutors told a judge Friday that they are dropping those charges. The record company and a management company pleaded guilty to fire code violations.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice tells Newsday that having someone like Bieber educate kids about bullying is “invaluable.”

“He is a very well known person. He is a celebrity that young people look up to—and cyber bullying is a problem in that age demographic,” Rice said.

Bieber’s label has agreed to pay $8,000 in fines.

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  • neil

    he should do time behind bars…he would be bubbas biggest fan

  • Bob

    It’s nice that this kid is going to record a PSA for cyberbullying, but, overall, it’s a patently ridiculous solution to the incident. I’m a bit too old to follow Bieber’s career, but I don’t see why the kid has to do penance for the misdeeds of his staff. If this was caused by one of us “regular joes”, we’d be fined out the wazoo and possibly do a short turn behind bars. I hardly think it’s justice to make the kid responsible.

    Additionally, where were the parents of these nasty little girls? Were any of them charged in the brawl, or were the parents held accountable for the damages? It’s fine to give your teenagers freedom (I have three myself), but not if the parents have not taught them to act like animals in public. If it were my kids involved, they wouldn’t see the inside of a mall for months – not unless they were accompanied by myself or my wife. It’s just another example of lazy or inadaquate parenting creating havoc that didn’t have to happen. Kids don’t raise themselves, and when parents can’t, or won’t, teach them properly, you get hooligans like these girls. If more parents were held responsible, I guarantee you there would be less of this nonsense.

  • Thomas

    Maybe you should be ashamed of bullying a nice kid into doing a public service.
    Why blackmail JB to bailout his friend (adult manager), it’s not their job to risk injury. The “security” asking a kid to help control over excited crowd is pure stupidity.

  • TT

    Someone should stop Nassau County and the US Government in bullying its citizen instead.

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