Record company executive charged in mall melee

Senior vice president for Island Def Jam Records was arrested Friday for allegedly failing to call off the appearance of pop star Justin Bieber at Roosevelt Field Mall, leading to a melee involving thousands of people.

James Roppo was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment, criminal nuisance and assault.

Prosecutors say mall security and police asked the record company to stop inviting Bieber's fans via Twitter, but Island Def Jam Records refused. As a result, four people received minor injuries in the frenzy that broke out after police announced the event had been canceled.

Roppo was released on $50,000 bond. He is due back in court Dec. 9.

AP wire reports contributed to this article.

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