Justin Bieber’s manager, Scott ‘Scooter’ Braun has been arrested on New York’s Long Island. Scooter Braun has been arrested in connection to a fan frenzy at a mall. Braun is alleged to have not complied with police orders to use twitter to cancel the planned Bieber appearance so that police could get the crowd under control. Read about it below and see photos and a video.
You might remember last November when teen music sensation Justin Bieber ran into a few thousand unruly fans at a mall on Long Island. It seems that the 16-year-old pop star was scheduled for an appearance at the Roosevelt Field Mall. He was scheduled to sign autographs in a small clothing store in the mall. Nassau County police canceled the event when the crowd of about 3,000 teen-aged girls and their mothers started getting out of control. The crowd refused to leave and the whole matter got even more out of control. Five people ended up in the hospital with minor injured from the melee.
Scott ‘Scooter’ Braun, 28-year-old, surrendered to police earlier today in connection with the fan frenzy at the Long Island mall. He is accused of reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance. His lawyer has stated that he will plead not guilty.
The district attorney’s office claims that Braun hindered law enforcement officers attempts to get the crowd under control. They claim that he tweeted a message to Bieber’s fans, on Bieber’s Twitter account, saying, ‘On my way to Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, NY to sign and meet fans! I’m pumped. See u there.’
The district attorney also claims that police asked James Roppo, a senior vice-president of Island Def Jam Records, to send out a tweet telling fans that the event was canceled. Island Def Jam employees also contacted Braun to send out the tweet. An hour later, no tweet was sent and the crowd remained.
Roppo was arrested for not cooperating with attempts to break up the crowd and was charged with several misdemeanors, including endangering the welfare of children and obstructing governmental administration. His case is still pending.
Police state that when they first contacted Braun during the incident he told them he was in a meeting in Manhattan and didn’t have access to a computer. They also state that when they told him he’d be arrested he just told them to be sure they spelled his name correctly on the arrest warrant.
One and a half hours after the incident, Braun sent out two tweets that were three minutes apart. He is reported to have sent out the tweets after Roppo called him following his own arrest. The crowd dispersed within 15 minutes of Braun tweeting that the event had been canceled. Bieber never got inside the mall.
Braun’s attorney, Ravi Batra, says that Braun did respond promptly to police request to send out word that the Bieber mall event had been canceled. He reports that his client sent out the tweets as soon as he was able to find a computer and get online and that they were sent out within seven minutes of the police making the request. Batra is requesting that the investigation be reopened.
Justin Bieber’s manager, Scott ‘Scooter’ Braun is arrested. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.
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