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Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber sure knows how to start a frenzy. Unfortunately, a recent fan frenzy has landed his manager, Scott "Scooter" Braun, in very hot water with police in suburban New York.
Last November, the pop singer was scheduled to make an appearance at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, New York -- until 30,000 of his unruly tween fans turned the event into a hazardous scene of mass hysteria. The excitement over 16-year-old Bieber resulted in a stampede, which ended up causing injury to five of his fans.
Yesterday, Braun, 29, turned himself in and pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance, according to MTV -- all because he allegedly did not heed a police warning to send out a cancellation notice via Twitter to Bieber's fans once the crowd became too large and out of control. Bieber's tweet, reportedly sent out after the melee at the mall was underway, instead read: "On my way to Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, NY to sign and meet fans! I'm pumped. See u there."
While MTV notes that Braun's actions made "authorities contend Braun eschewed safety in favor of publicity," his client Bieber is loyally sticking by his manager. The pop star was spotted wearing a "Free Scooter" tee shirt and Twittered yesterday, "You've got my total support @scooterbraun. Wish you were here in Chicago with us #FreeScooter."
If convicted, Braun could face up to a year in prison, according to The New York Times. Coincidentally, Bieber's latest album, My World 2.0, was just released this week.
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