Justin Bieber Fined £300k For Late London Show
As O2 workers have claimed the delay was due to a backstage row...
As we previously reported, JB arrived on stage two hours late at the venue, where he is said to have been charged £10,000 a minute for going over the O2's strict 11pm live music curfew.
An O2 Arena source has since told Digital Spy that due to Bieber's set not finishing until gone 11.30pm, he was slapped with a £300k fine.
The 19-year old was heavily criticised by parents of young fans for his lateness - which meant than many Beliebers were forced to leave his show early.
Justin later apologised on Twitter for the delay, blaming "technical issues", insisting he was only on stage forty minutes later than originally planned.
However, The Sun has since claimed that his late arrival was in fact due to him fighting with his team and family backstage.
A worker at the O2 Arena who did not want to be named told the tabloid: "He was arguing with members of his management, his family. It was a really uncomfortable atmosphere. His attitude was, ‘I’m the star and I can do what I want’.”
Ellie Grace, who also works at the concert venue, added: "I hope I never have to experience so many upset children and disappointed fans again. I’d love to know why Bieber felt it was alright to leave 20,000 people waiting for two hours.”
Mum Lindsay Gibson went on to claim that staff told her there was some conflict backstage, stating: "We were told he was kicking up a real fuss. He was saying, ‘It’s my show, I’ll go out when I want to’.”
A source added to the newspaper: "His lateness was because he didn’t get out of bed until late and sat in his dressing room playing games — even though his door was being knocked. He then threw a strop as he said he wanted a shower first, despite already being late.
“Justin arrived at the O2 at 3pm to do some meet and greets, but he didn’t get up until late because he’d had a heavy night at his hotel.”
The Boyfriend singer is thought to have tweeted at 9.30pm - when he should have been stage - “Me and @scooterbraun have been going under the rafters and grabbing people’s lets (sic) and seeing them freak out. Haha #pranksterontheloose”. He later removed the post.
Despite disappointing many fans on Monday, JB made sure he was on time last night (March 5), taking to Twitter to write: "Night 2 at the O2 we ready! On time and ready. London lets do it!!"
The O2 later confirmed on the social-networking site that Justin's show was running smoothly, tweeting: "We are happy to report that Justin Bieber made it on stage two minutes early this evening."
Biebs is due to perform at the O2 Arena for two more nights, before taking his Believe tour to the rest of Europe.