By Shannon Carlin
Even Justin Bieber’s wax statue is making headlines for inappropriate behavior.
Today (Feb. 11), Page Six reported that the Canadian pop star’s wax likeness was removed from the Times Square Madame Tussauds due to an excessive amount of groping, fondling and grabbing by excited fans who just want to get a piece of the Biebs. Even one made out of wax.
A source told the New York Post that “with no ropes or barriers to stop them, thousands of fans have had their photographs taken with him since then — but it has taken its toll.”
Madame Tussauds New York told the newspaper that the figure, which made its debut in 2011, has been damaged over the years and “no longer does justice either to the star or to the attraction.” The statue still has his pre-teen bowl cut.
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The museum’s general manager apologized for the sudden disappearance of the figure, but gave hope to fans looking to take a photo with the fake Bieber: “This is disappointing, but hopefully we can welcome a new ‘grown-up’ Justin back to the attraction in the near future.”
Madame Tussauds might want to outfit Bieber’s next wax figure in an orange jumpsuit.
The pop star is due in court on March 3 following his arrest in Miami on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. He recently turned himself into a Toronto police station on assault charges stemming from an encounter with a limousine driver last month in which the pop star allegedly hit the driver repeatedly in the back of the head. Bieber is also facing a possible felony charge over allegations that he egged his neighbor’s house.