Pop artist Justin Bieber has released a new anti-cyber bullying public service announcement as part of a campaign orchestrated by the Nassau Country District Attorney’s Office to address a growing and troubling issue impacting many of today’s teens. “The Internet can be used as a place to have a greater positive impact on the world,” Bieber tells viewers. “The Web should be used to inspire others, not spread hate or hurt.”
Bieber’s appearance in the video was part of a plea deal settling misdemeanor charges filed after a mall fan frenzy in 2009. The Canadian pop sensation was expected to appear to sign autographs but the event got out of hand after more than 3,000 screaming girls showed up, forcing police to shut down the event. The singer’s manager, Scott Braun, and Def Jam Records executive James Roppo were later charged with misdemeanors. Those charges were dropped in return for lesser violations, an $8,000 fine, and the participation of Bieber in the anti-cyber bullying video.
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