Man Breaks Into Jackson Dressing Room

By | February 11, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Someone got past Janet Jackson’s velvet rope. While the pop diva was entertaining fans Wednesday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a 19-year-old man was allegedly breaking into her dressing room, police said.

Mario Backman of Manhattan was charged with third-degree burglary after the singer’s managers found him inside Jackson’s dressing room, said Detective Sgt. John Giambrone, a Nassau County police spokesman.

Backman had allegedly taken some stuffed animals, an FDNY cap and correspondence, police said Thursday.

The 35-year-old singer, who released the hit album “The Velvet Rope” in 1997, is nearing the end of a long tour in support of her latest album, “All for You.”

Backman was released without bail and ordered to return to court on Monday.

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