Pop star turned actor Timberlake says friend's 'joke' video was not intended to offend and denied rumors it was shown at his wedding to Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake has apologized for a video mocking transgender people that was allegedly shown during his wedding to Jessica Biel.
The video, made by one of Timberlake’s closest friends Justin Huchel, shows toothless, shirtless bums congratulating Timberlake and Biel on tying the knot and regretting they couldn’t make the event.
One transgender woman also jokes that the bride should keep a close eye on her husband.
It sparked outrage on social media networks after it was leaked to Gawker website and was claimed the happy couple watched it at their wedding.
Now the Sexy Back singer turned actor has broken his silence on the video, writing a formal apology and explanation on his website.
In the letter to his family, friends and fans he admits the video was ‘distasteful’ and says sorry to anyone it offended.
However, he insisted the clip wasn’t shown at his wedding and was more a joke gone wrong than a deliberate attempt to upset anyone.
‘I had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it,’ Timberlake wrote.
‘My friends are good people. This was clearly a lapse in judgment which I’m sure no one who is reading this is exempt from.
‘But, I don’t believe it was made to be insensitive. More so, I think it was made as a joke on me not having that many friends attending my own wedding (which IS kind of funny if you think about it).’
He added: ‘Once again, in the world that we live in where everyone thinks that they know everything, I want to be very clear…I am NOT defending the video. I agree with the overall consensus.
‘But…it seems that these days, misconception gets around the world before the actual truth even wakes up and gets its pants on.’
The video has now been removed from the website for legal reasons.
Justin Timberlake and Hollywood starlet Jessica Biel married in a lavish $6.5 million wedding at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia, Italy.