Pop sensation Britney Spears 's star fell yesterday when she jilted hundreds of fans who waited hours at Downtown Crossing for the chance to get her autograph. More than an hour after Spears was due for the 1 p.m. appearance in front of Filene's, an organizer announced that the teen singer was detained in Memphis-where 'N Sync member Justin Timberlake, whom Spears has been spending quite a bit of time with lately, grew up and was to perform last night.
Anytsi Reynolds, a representative with Tommy Hilfiger, the event's cosponsor, told the restless crowd that Spears's flight had ''mechanical difficulties,'' an excuse many of the disgruntled fans didn't buy. ''They knew about this before now,'' said 20-year-old Jessica Polillio, from Stoughton, who brought her 10-year-old sister, Kayla, downtown at 2:30 a.m. to wait in line to get wristbands handed out to the first 250 fans at 7 a.m. ''She's so disappointed. She's hurt.''
Filene's spokeswoman Robin Reibel said those who had wristbands would be sent an autographed Spears CD and some Tommy Hilfiger merchandise. (Spears was scheduled to perform at the BankBoston Pavilion last night, with local singer Michael Africk slated to open the concert.)
''We've been here since 4 o'clock in the morning,'' said 12-year-old Maria Crooker, from Billerica. ''I think she lied to us and wants to spend time with Justin.''
Earlier, the mood was festive, as teenage and preteen girls carryingcameras clogged the street, singing along to Spears music heard overloudspeakers, and holding signs pledging their devotion to the star. But by the time the announcement was made, some of the signs had beenreplaced by ones that read ''Britney, get a watch'' and ''Where's Britney - with Justin?''
Hey I went to the Memphis Tenn concert last night, and me and my friend were outside, waiting to go in the pyramid arena, so we went walking around, to the back where we could see nsyncs bus,and we saw a girl walking with two big security guards, so we got out our binoculars,and it was britney!, i think i got a picture of her walking in,and we were talking to lances cousin,and he said that shes been on tour with them for the past couple of days, so it is true that her and justin are going out, i had lances cousin confirm it,and 2 men who works for nsync confirm it too,