A Nassau County court appearance has been postponed for Justin Bieber’s representatives, who were accused of failing to follow police orders to alert fans that the teen pop idol’s Roosevelt Field Mall appearance was canceled last year.
Justin Bieber arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Bieber’s 29-year-old manager, Scott “Scooter” Braun, and record label Island Def Jam vice president, James Roppo, 45, were originally scheduled to appear 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, but the conference will instead be rescheduled for a later date.
The case stemmed from a November 2009 near-riot at Roosevelt Field Mall when police said they told Roppo to tell Bieber’s fans via the social network website Twitter that the meet-and-greet was called off. An hour later, Roppo failed to send the message, prosecutors said.
While police were trying to cancel the event, Bieber posted a message on Twitter saying: “On my way to Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, NY to sign and meet fans! I’m pumped. See u there.”
Police canceled the event themselves after the more than 3,000 fans that showed up grew rowdy and a frenzy ensued. Five people were sent to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Roppo was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the health of others and other misdemeanor charges.
After an investigation, Braun was arrested in March on charges of reckless endangerment, criminal nuisance and endangering the health of others. He is alleged to have sent out the cancellation messages more than an hour after police called him and asked him to do so.
Both men had been released without bail following earlier court appearances.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice issued a statement at the time saying: “Mr. Braun put his own selfish desire for publicity above public safety and endangered the very fans who came to see his client, as well as innocent bystanders who were at the mall that day.”
Bieber, who reportedly never made it inside the mall that day, released a statement shortly after his manager’s arrest stating that he was “100 percent” behind him.
“He is someone of high moral character and principle,” Bieber said at the time. “The decisions he made that day were to protect the safety of myself and my fans and I am very thankful to have someone in my life who watches over me the way Scooter does.”