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article imagePop star Justin Bieber creates near-riot in US

By Stephanie Dearing     Nov 22, 2009 in Entertainment
Police cancelled an appearance by the latest hottest boy star Justin Bieber at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island on Friday after a crowd of approximately 3,000 started a near riot. Five people suffered minor injuries and there was one arrest.
New York - The enthusiastic fans had been waiting for Justin's appearance at the Roosevelt Mall on Long Island, some of them reportedly having arrived before dawn to secure a view of the latest hottest singing sensation, the young Canadian, Justin Bieber.
Apparently five people were injured in the free-for-all that erupted, and police intervened to close down the appearance just hours before Justin was scheduled to be at the mall. One witness said someone had screamed "Justin" just before the pushing and shoving occurred.
Justin said he wasn't even allowed into the mall after the incident. 35 police officers were sent in to try to slow down the throbbing hearts of the fans, who left heart-broken.
Bieber reported to fans via Twitter that he was under threat of arrest if he showed up at the mall. Police arrested 44-year-old James Roppo, Senior Vice President of Sales at Island Def Jam Records, charging him with "...assault, endangering the welfare of a child, obstructing government administration, reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance." Roppo was apparently still notifying people that Justin would be at the mall even after police shut down the event.
Justin has been attracting a strong audience reaction and his appearances now has guidelines for fans in an attempt to keep people safe. Disappointed fans in Long Island did not blame Justin for the fracas that caused all of them to not see their idol. Justin posted a twitter entry saying "wow. this upsets me. the mall should of had proper security. They wouldnt let me in! Gotta make this right 4 the fans"
Justin will be performing on the Wendy Williams show in New York on November 27th.
Justin was discovered after he posted videos on You Tube. Mentored by Usher, Justin's latest album has reached #1 status according to HMV Canada.
Justin's record label, Island Records, told the New York Daily News it was sorry for the incident, saying "Over 10,000 screaming fans showed up and the police and fire marshal concluded it was an unsafe environment and prohibited the event from taking place."
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