Police cancel Justin Bieber appearance in Australia
Police in Sydney, Australia, canceled a free three-song appearance by Justin Bieber early Monday morning, citing safety concerns after the audience -- thousands of mostly young girls, many of whom had spent the night ahead of the 7:40 a.m. event -- got unruly and several people received minor injuries.
Bieber tweeted that he'd woken up Monday morning to word that the police had nixed his show.
The New Zealand Herald reports "whispers the 16-year-old star had arrived early forced a crowd surge about 2 a.m. Problems with the unruly group continued over the following hours, with crowd surges crushing and trampling some fans." Click here for a video of lots and lots of screaming fans.
After the teen singer's lone Australian gig was canceled, fans walked from the Circular Quay en masse to the Channel Seven studios, where Bieber performed "Baby" in studio (the video is here) and promised he'd be back in Australia on tour. As the segment wrapped, one anchor referred to the morning not having gone exactly as planned, and the other delivered a message from the police: "If you're outside and you can hear us, you now have to go home -- in a quiet manner."
"I guess police say that you guys have to go home," Justin said to close the broadcast. "I mean, I'd love for you guys to stay and hang out, but we've got to go."
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Top photo: Fans crowd into Sydney, Australia's, Martin Place to watch Justin Bieber's performance on the "Sunrise" morning show on a monitor outside the program's studios Monday. Credit: Graham Denholm / Getty Images
Bottom photo: A mom comforts her daughter at Circular Quay after the pop star's outdoor performance there was canceled. Credit: Graham Denholm / Getty Images
Photo: The crowd outside Channel Seven studios during Justin Bieber's "Sunrise" performance. Credit: Graham Denholm / Getty Images
Photo: Fans at Circular Quay. Credit: Graham Denholm / Getty Images
Photo: Fans at Circular Quay sport Bieber fever T-shirts. Credit: Graham Denholm / Getty Images
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