WHO: James Roppo of Island Def Jam Records
WHAT: YouTube singing sensation Justin Bieber was to appear at a Long Island shopping mall to plug his debut album. Things went awry when more than 10,000 overwrought teenage girls — largely drawn by viral Twitter bulletins — showed up for a glimpse of the 15-year-old Canadian heartthrob.
WHAT WENT WRONG: The crowd started stampeding the ropes and police ordered the event canceled. Island Def Jam’s James Roppo, senior vice president of sales, was ordered to immediately tweet the cancellation news. He allegedly not only failed to comply, he may have continued sending tweets plugging the event.
WHAT’S BEING DONE: Roppo, 44, might be the first person ever arrested for not tweeting. He faces charges of endangering the welfare of minors and obstructing police and fire inspectors.