Justin Bieber, Mall Terror
If pint-sized pop singer Justin Bieber was looking for bad karma after instructing his fans to attack John Mayer via Twitter, last week, he certainly found it. More details—and video footage (see below)—have emerged about Friday’s incident at Long Island’s Roosevelt Field Mall, where allegedly 10,000 Bieber fans caused a riot while waiting for the singer’s autograph session appearance.
As the menacing tween army surged the shopping center to catch a glimpse of their singing idol, Bieber sent forth the following tweet to his subjects:
“The event at roosevelt mall is cancelled. please go home. the police have already arrested one person from my camp. I dont want anyone hurt”
This just seems like a typical Friday at any mall in America, but, hey—the police know what they’re doing, right?
And it turns out that the one nabbed by the po-po wasn’t some possessed, crazy-eyed 13-year old, but rather Island Def Jam’s senior VP of sales, James Roppo. AHN reports that Roppo was apprehended for sending out “Internet messages” to over 3,000 fans that the singer was still signing autographs, even after officials broke up the crowd.
As noted by New York’s Daily News, the label exec could potentially be charged with endangering the welfare of a child, obstruction of governmental administration, reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance—all of which likely wasn’t in his job description when he signed up for this gig.