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Cops Arrest Record Exec, Claim He Refused to Send Crowd-Control Tweet

Posted Nov 30, 2009 1:17 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Authorities arrested a record company executive earlier this month for allegedly refusing to send out a Twitter message to help restore order among an unruly throng of some 3,000 people waiting to see 15-year-old pop singer Justin Bieber at a New York City area shopping mall.

James Roppo, 44, who is a senior vice president for the Canadian singer's label, Island Def Jam Records, was being held on Friday, Nov. 20, pending potential charges that could include criminal nuisance, endangering the welfare of a minor and obstructing government administration, reports Newsday (sub. req.).

"We asked for his help in getting the crowd to go away by sending out a Twitter message," says Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Kevin Smith. "By not cooperating with us we feel he put lives in danger and the public at risk."

Hat tip: Josh Blackman's Blog.

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