Justin Bieber, the 15-year-old YouTube sensation — whose new album, My World, was released on Nov. 17 — ignited a riot at a mall on Long Island, NY, when too many fans turned up at his autograph signing on Friday afternoon.
Thousands of screaming girls showed up at Roosevelt Field mall, where Justin was to sign autographs. A riot broke out when both the girls and their mothers were pushing and shoving. Julianna Vutera, 13, told Have U Heard, “You couldn’t move. There was shoving, mother’s yelling….it was chaos.” Mall security had no control of the crowd and the police had to be called.
One girl was taken to the hospital and one person was arrested.
The Canadian singer never actually made it into the mall and pleaded with his fans, via Twitter, to go home or more arrests would follow. Justin and his mother were threatened to be arrested if they came to the mall. Justin was also told to update his twitter account immediately telling the fans to go home.
“The event is cancelled,” he tweeted. “Please go home. The police have already arrested one person from my camp. I don’t want anyone hurt.”
Later he apologized to fans, writing:
“I’m sorry to everyone who was in Long Island at the mall 2day. I was just trying to come meet fans and never meant to disappoint anyone.”
There is a warrant out for the arrest of Justin’s manager. I am not sure of the reasons. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know if you were there and what happened.