Asher Roth‘s manager, Scott Braun, reportedly turned himself into police today on charges of reckless endangerment stemming from a scheduled mall appearance for his other client, singer Justin Bieber.
According to reports, Braun turned himself over to authorities Wednesday (March 24) morning.
Justin Bieber’s manager turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday (March 24) to face charges of reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance, stemming from a scheduled Bieber mall appearance last November that turned into a stampede and injured one fan. Police allege that Scott “Scooter” Braun, 29, failed to properly control the situation at Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, New York. A spokesperson for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to MTV News that Braun was in custody. As of press time, Braun — who also manages rapper Asher Roth — was awaiting arraignment before a judge. He faces up to one year in prison if found guilty on both second-degree misdemeanor charges. (MTV)
Authorities released a statement on the situation.
“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,” D.A. Kathleen 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 innocent people in harm’s way. It was only through the fast and efficient work of the police department that a horrible disaster was averted.” (XXL Mag)
Braun was reportedly asked to Tweet that Bieber appearance at a Long Island mall was cancelled, however, the manager failed to do so.
The swelling crowd of boisterous fans sparked a series of 911 calls reporting the potentially dangerous situation and expressing concern people could be trampled. Cops and mall security opted to shut down the event for public safety reasons, and told Island Def Jam Senior Vice President James Roppo, who was in charge of the event, and the crowd that the Bieber appearance was off. But the crowd didn’t listen. Cops contacted Braun and told him about the situation but the manager gave authorities the runaround, prosecutors say. When they warned him he would be arrested if he didn’t cooperate, Braun allegedly told them to spell his name right on the warrant. (NBC New York)