June 24th, 2011
11:10 AM ET
Justin Bieber may have gotten a scare on Thursday when an unidentified man reportedly tackled him outside of the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City, but a rep for the singer says it was all just a misunderstanding.
The teen phenom was there to promote his new fragrance, Someday, and stepped outside of the store to greet the hordes of fans. New York’s WABC estimates there were about 400 to 500 people gathered, and as Bieber exited the storefront, the crowd began to move forward, causing the barricades to tip over.
That's supposedly when the unidentified gentleman hopped a barricade and knocked the 17-year-old to the ground, as witnesses relayed to the ABC affiliate.
The NYPD says that no one was hurt throughout the incident, although they did know about the reports that Biebs had taken a fall. It turned out that it wasn’t a case of a crazed fan, but rather a plainclothes police officer who was trying to help the singer.
Witnesses told WABC that the teen singer took a few swings at the guy, and that the pop star’s security moved in to restrain him. Bieber's team told the ABC affiliate that he was never knocked down, although he appeared to be shaken up. He ended up going back in to Macy's to do a meet-and-greet with the crowd of 300.
Bieber's rep said in a statement to CNN, “This was a momentary, well-intentioned misunderstanding that was quickly resolved, and the event went very well.'”
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