Saturday, May 7, 2011
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Charges to be dropped in Bieber frenzy
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Justin Bieber has agreed to record a public service announcement on cyberbullying in order to resolve criminal charges filed against his manager and a record executive after a frenzy at a New York mall.
The case stemmed from an incident in 2009, when thousands of unruly girls turned up at a Long Island clothing store to see the teen pop star sign autographs. Police hadn't been expecting the crowd, and ordered the event cancelled.
Def Jam Records executive James Roppo was arrested after police said he refused to help disperse the crowd. Months later, police also pressed child endangerment charges against Bieber's manager, Scott Braun.
Braun hadn't been at the mall, but police said that when reached by phone he initially refused an order to send out a Twitter message to Bieber's fans telling them the singer wouldn't appear.
Prosecutors told a judge Friday that they are dropping charges against both men. The record company and a management company pleaded guilty to fire code violations.
Abdul rejoins Cowell to judge on 'X Factor'
NEW YORK -- Paula Abdul will be back at the judging table with Simon Cowell, this time on Fox's ''The X Factor,'' a person familiar with the negotiations said Saturday.
Though widely expected, confirmation of Abdul's joining the new singing contest was held up as negotiations continued until the eve of the show's first taping, according to the person familiar with the talks. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Fox and the show's producers had not authorized public comment.
Representatives for Abdul did not respond to requests for comment.
Abdul will be on hand for today's taping in Los Angeles of the first judging session for ''The X Factor.'' This will reunite her with fellow judge Cowell, her former sparring partner on the ''American Idol'' judging panel.