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Sure, Justin Timberlake has other things on his plate, like enjoying married life. Sadly, a few of his friends have gotten him in a bit of trouble regarding a video that was made for his wedding to Jessica Biel last week -- and folks are not pleased.
In the controversial video -- obtained by TMZ -- that was allegedly shown at his wedding, Timberlake's friends interviewed some homeless people who were paid off -- one guy admitted to receiving $40 for the spot -- to act like the pop star-turned-actor's friends who couldn't make it to the wedding.
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As you can imagine, the video quickly turned the positive news surrounding Timberlake's recent marriage to Jessica Biel sour, with many criticizing Timberlake and his wedding party for taking advantage of those less fortunate. The buzz became so loud that Timberlake felt the need to break his silence and post an open letter on TMZ explaining the situation.
"I am (by nature) a pretty private person. So, I don't really take it upon myself to comment on things that so often go misunderstood or something that has even shed any kind of dark light on what was and will always be one of the most special weeks of my life," he writes. "But, in light of the recent events, I can't fight the urge to clarify my thoughts and feelings on what has been a very upsetting portrayal of the people closest to me and myself. It's not who I am as a professional or as a man."
Timberlake says he was inspired by the lessons his grandfather taught him to face this incident "with honesty and humility." He decided to reach out to "clear the air so no one has to ever wonder how I feel about it." Mainly, he feels pretty bad.
"I don't live my life making fun of people (unless, of course, I'm making fun of myself on SNL)... Especially, those who are less fortunate or those in need," he writes. "I grew up with a family and community that instilled ideals in me like hard work, honesty and empathy."
The letter clarifies a few rumors, stating that Timberlake had no knowledge of and wasn't involved in the creation of the video and that it was not shown at his wedding. He also says that his friends are "good people" and agrees that the movie was "distasteful." He adds that he agrees with the "overall consensus" on the stunt and says he isn't defending the video.
"I want to say that, on behalf of my friends, family, and associative knuckleheads, I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by the video. Again, it was something that I was not made aware of," Timberlake writes. "But, I do understand the reaction and, by association, I am holding myself accountable."
He concludes the letter by writing, "P.S. You can bet you’re a-- that I'm having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service... Boom."
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