On Friday, Justin Bieber was supposed to have an autograph signing session at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, NY. Sounds simple enough, right? If only.
Turns out, so many fans showed up that the security couldn’t handle the crowd, the fire department deemed the event a fire hazard and canceled it, Justin was told he couldn’t appear without getting arrested, and some fans even got hurt from all the commotion!
From PopStar Online:
When I got to the mall, there was a huge crowd near a security entrance on the outside of the mall! I went inside and made my way upstairs to Justice…or so I thought!
There were thousands of girls, blocking off all the ways to get to the Justice store! The food court was completely full, and girls were packed so tight it looked like a concert!
I heard a security guard say, “The event is cancelled. He’s not coming.” I thought, “WHAT?” I contacted his publicist and she said, “We’re on our way!” I was so confused!
Meanwhile a fan wrote into OceanUp with her version:
The rules said that people could not line up until 2 PM however people began forming their own lines on much earlier. Things got so out of control, that security just could not handle it any more.
People were pushing and shoving that a handful of people left with broken bones, some people even arrested, including a worker of Justin, for not being prepared with enough security. I was also informed that Justin was threatened to be arrested if he stepped foot on the property. However, people did not understand that Justin was not there and continued to to chant his name outside of the store.
Justin later apologies to his fans on Twitter — poor guy, it’s not his fault — and said he and his team were trying to come up with a way to make it up to fans.