New York authorities were forced to cancel an appearance by Justin Bieber on Friday (November 20) after thousands of fans showed up, with his label rep being arrested and five people rushed to hospital.
According to the New York Post, Island Def Jam’s senior vice president of sales, James Roppo, was arrested after he continued to send out internet messages to fans following the police order to shut the gig down.
They are not allowing me to come into the mall. Iif you dont leave I and my fans will be arrested as the police just told us,” Bieber wrote on Twitter. 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.”
His label released the following statement a short time later:
“Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, 15 year old pop singing sensation Justin Bieber was forced to cancel today’s CD signing at the Justice store at Roosevelt Mall in Long Island. Over 10,000 screaming fans showed up and the police and fire marshall concluded it was an unsafe environment and prohibited the event from taking place. Justin made every effort to enter the mall but was turned away by the police. Justin appreciates his fans and promises to make it up to them soon. “