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.
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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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