Teen sensation Justin Bieber was forced to cancel his only Australian gig on Monday after chaos broke out among fans.
Scores of supporters camped overnight at Sydney Harbor to see their idol perform and by Monday morning, thousands of youngsters were packed into the Circular Quay area. The frenzied crowd began to surge; prompting police to cancel the event after "more than 100 teens" became "distressed," according to officials.
Bieber was devastated about the cancellation and took to his personal Twitter.com page to apologize to his devoted fans who had waited so long to see him. He writes, "I love my fans and I am just as disappointed as everyone else with the news from this morning. I want to sing for my fans. I want to make this clear... I don't cancel... I woke up this morning to the police canceling (sic) the show for safety reasons. I'm very happy about the welcome and the love from around the world, but I want everyone to still remember my fans' safety comes first."
A police spokesperson adds, "Police at the event were concerned for the 4,000 excited people already in attendance with many more anticipated to arrive prior to the start of the performance. All those removed from the area have so far suffered only minor injuries and have been treated at the scene."
It isn't the first time the 16 year old has had to cancel an appearance - in November he caused chaos at a shopping mall in New York which resulted in one girl being hospitalized. His manager, Scott 'Scooter' Braun, pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment, criminal nuisance and endangering the welfare of a child over the event.
Bieber, who later performed live on local TV, has promised to return to Australia.