Justin Timberlake had some drama surrounding his wedding, but it had nothing to do with the in-laws.
Gawker reported that one of JT’s good friends, real estate agent Justin Huchel, made a hugely offensive video that featured random homeless people “congratulating” Timberlake and new wife Jessica Biel on their wedding. The Gawker article states:
The 8:30 video featured street interviews with ten people, many of them obviously homeless, premised on the idea that they were friends of Timberlake and Biel’s who, for whatever reason, couldn’t quite swing the trip to the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia for the nuptials, which were reported to cost $6.5 million. “Greetings from Your Hollywood Friends Who Just Couldn’t Make It,” reads the opening title card, “Featuring Sid, Chuck, Robert, and More!” Sid, Chuck, Robert, and others appear to be penniless and living on the street. Some of them are obviously intoxicated, mentally ill, or both, and at least one of them is entirely incapable of speaking.
TMZ saved the video. Check it out before Huchel’s lawyers get it yanked.
Needless to say, this got people angry, which spurred JT to take a break from the honeymoon and issue an apology on his website.
JT goes on for a LONG time, talking about his privacy, his grandfather, how he doesn’t make a habit of making fun of people, blah blah blah. Then he says:
1. I had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it.
2. 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).
3. Like many silly rumors that I have been made aware of about the week: It was NOT shown at my wedding.
4. I think we can all agree that it was distasteful, even though that was not its intention.
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.