Singer to make public service announcement to get manager and label exec off the hook
Justin Bieber has agreed to film a public service announcement about cyberbullying to get his manager off the hook in his ‘mall frenzy’ legal case.
Criminal charges were filed against Scott Braun and Def Jam Records executive James Roppo after the incident at a New York shopping centre in 2009.
Thousands of the 17-year-old singer’s fans turned up to the signing session at a clothes shop. Police hadn’t been expecting the crowds and ordered the event to be shut down.
Braun and Roppo were accused by police of failing to disperse the crowd. They also pressed child endangerment charges against Braun.
Prosecutors said that the charges have now been dropped after the record company and management firm pleaded guilty to fire code regulations, reports Associated Press.
After the resolution of the case, Nassau district attorney Kathleen Rice said: “To have someone like Justin Bieber who is emulated by kids his age across the world, educating people about the dangers of cyberbullying, that’s invaluable.”
Last year, it was reported that Bieber wanted to join an anti-bullying campaign after being called a “faggot” by a member of the public in Richmond, Canada.