Justin Bieber supports manager
Justin Bieber says he is standing by his manager after he was arrested in connection with a mall fan frenzy which resulted in five people being taken to hospital.
Scott 'Scooter' Braun pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment, criminal nuisance and endangering the welfare of a child.
"My mother and I are 100 per cent behind my manager," the 16-year-old singing sensation said in a statement.
He went on: "He is someone of high moral character and principle. The decisions he made that day were to protect the safety of myself and my fans and I am very thankful to have someone in my life who watches over me the way Scooter does."
Braun's arrest stemmed from a planned appearance in November by Justin at Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island. Authorities claim Braun didn't send out a tweet fast enough to let the raucous crowd of 3,000 know Justin wouldn't be making an appearance.
Nassau County police cancelled the event when the crowd became unruly. But some fans refused to leave, crowding the narrow area outside the clothing store where Justin was scheduled to sign autographs. Five people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.