CREATED Feb. 11, 2014
A wax figure of Justin Bieber has been removed from display at New York’s Tussauds wax museum after it became the subject of “excessive groping,” according to the New York Post’s Page Six, which reports, “Just as Justin Bieber seems to be in the midst of a superstar meltdown, so is his waxwork figure.”
According to the paper, the lifelike Bieber figure “has been groped, fondled and grabbed by so many excited fans that exhibit organizers have had to withdraw his dummy from display.
“One source said of the Bieber figure, which was installed in his younger, more innocent days, ‘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.’”
The museum says the figure has sustained damage, and even with regular maintenance, “It no longer does justice either to the star or to the attraction,” the Post reports.
Madame Tussauds general manager Bret Pidgeon, told the Post, “This is disappointing, but hopefully we can welcome a new ‘grown-up’ Justin back to the attraction in the near future.”
Adds the Post, “The world also awaits to welcome a real-life new ‘grown-up’ Justin.”
The Madame Tussauds in London also had a likeness of Bieber, pictured at its unveiling above.