NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It appears the Newark Bears were duped, as a publicist for Justin Bieber says the teen pop sensation will not actually be performing in New Jersey later this month.
Contrary to what the minor league baseball team says it was led to believe, publicist Melissa Victor told 1010 WINS on Tuesday that there is no Bieber show scheduled in New Jersey for Oct. 28.
She said the two sides spoke on Tuesday.
Earlier, Newark Bears owner Danielle Dronet told 1010 WINS she had a “legal, binding contract” and insisted that he would be playing an acoustic set at the stadium.
But now, the team and its Newark Bears That Care Foundation say they may have been victims of fraud. The team said on its Facebook page that it is investigating a “situation regarding fraudulent representation of Justin Bieber,” who was not personally involved.
The concert Web site Pollstar said Bieber was set to perform in St. Louis on Saturday, Oct. 27, and in Dallas on Monday, Oct. 29, while taking off the Sunday in between off.
The Newark Bears also told 1010 WINS they are investigating possible fraud, but had no further comment.
The New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs said there have been no complaints against Sky Island Productions or Luna Bay Productions, the companies involved with the Bieber concert for the Newark Bears.
An earlier Facebook announcement had said Bieber would perform at a “special one-day event” on Oct. 28, followed by a private meet-and-greet session exclusively for Newark Bears season ticketholders, partners and sponsors.
The Stadium of Screams show is still planned for Oct. 18-21, Oct. 25-28, and Oct. 31, at the Newark Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
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