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Asher Roth, Justin Bieber Manager Arrested for Endangering Fans

Asher Roth and Justin Bieber‘s manager Scott “Scooter” Braun turned himself into police on Wednesday morning (March 24) to face charges for causing a near-riot at a Long Island Mall last fall.

According to the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, Braun put the safety of the public at risk during a Justin Bieber appearance at the Roosevelt Field Mall last year. Police reportedly asked Braun to broadcast a Twitter message on Bieber’s account informing fans that the appearance had been canceled due to the unexpected and potentially dangerous turnout of fans. Police say that Braun didn’t send out the message until an hour and a half after they initially requested it, resulting in overcrowding and the injury of a bystander. Braun only updated Bieber’s account later when one of his employees was arrested, writing, “Please go home. The police have already arrested one person from my camp. I don’t want anyone hurt.”

Braun is currently facing up to one year in jail for reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance, if convicted. Long Island District Attorney Kathleen Rice, explained that the high-profile manager made a big mistake by not canceling the event immediately. “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,” Rice said. “By refusing to send out the cancellation Tweet and preventing others from doing so, he blatantly ignored police directives and put thousands of people in harm’s way. It was only through the fast and efficient work of the police department that a horrible disaster was averted.”

Tween pop star Justin Bieber tweeted his support to Braun following his arrest. “You’ve got my total support,” he wrote. “Wish you were here in Chicago with us #FreeScooter.” Braun will appear in the First District Court in Hempstead, Long Island to face charges.

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