Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice got pop star Justin Bieber to do this anti-cyberbullying video today as part of a plea deal resolving misdemeanor charges against one of his managers and a record executive.
The Associated Press said the case stems from a mall “fan frenzy” in 2009 at the Roosevelt Field Mall. Because 3,000 teens and younger girls arrived at the event hours before it was set to begin, the visit was cancelled.
Yet Rice, who in 2010 ran for state attorney general, said the singer’s manager, Scott Braun and Def Jam Records executive James Roppo didn’t help disperse the crowd. They were charged with misdemeanors.
“This video is an important tool to prevent bullying online,” Rice said in the video.
The Associated Press said the charges were dropped in a plea agreement that included Bieber cutting the anti-cyberbullying public service announcement.
“I don’t want to stop you from using the Internet or connecting with each other online, but I want to sure you’re aware of what’s going on out there, and what you can do from stopping yourself from making a small mistake that can follow you for the rest of our life, or ruin someone else’s,” Bieber says.
From the article:
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said after the plea agreement was released that “both IDJ and Mr. Bieber’s management company have learned from this incident, and since the Roosevelt Field appearance, have successfully implemented carefully executed safety plans at other venues.”
A spokesman for Bieber did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment.