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.
(TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
What do you think about Bieber’s agreement to record a public service announcement on cyberbullying to resolve the charges? Tell us in our comments section below.