Did Justin Bieber Break the Law?
Justin Bieber’s promotional team has come under fire from officials in San Francisco after advertisements for his new album, Purpose, appeared as graffiti on the city's sidewalks.
The pop superstar has been riding high in the charts with his comeback album, Purpose, following its release in November, but City Attorney Dennis Herrera is not happy with some of the tactics apparently used by Justin's label executives to promote the new music.
He has fired off a sternly-worded letter to Universal Music boss Jeffrey Harleston and Def Jam Recordings CEO Steve Bartels, demanding they take action to do something about the graffiti, which has been spray-painted onto pavements and won't come off, despite the best efforts of Public Works crew members.
Dennis Herrera wrote: "This prohibited marketing practice illegally exploits our city's walkable neighbourhoods and robust tourism, it intentionally creates visual distractions that pose risks to pedestrians and irresponsibly tells our youth that likeminded lawlessness and contempt for public property are condoned and encouraged by its beneficiaries - including Justin Bieber and the record labels that produce and promote him.”
According to TMZ, it is not clear whether Herrera wants those responsible to cover the costs of removing the graffiti, or if he is seeking to prosecute the offenders for malicious mischief. Either way, it seems Biebs just can't keep out of trouble!