Justin Timberlake has finally acknowledged the controversy surrounding a gag video his friend Justin Huchel filmed for Timberlake and Jessica Biel‘s wedding. Today (October 26), the star posted an open letter on his website apologizing for the “unsavory,” “distasteful” video, which depicts various homeless people in L.A. sending well-wishes to Justin and Jessica.
The 31-year-old also clarified that he had no knowledge of the video and that it wasn’t shown at the wedding. And while Timberlake didn’t defend the clip, he did defend the friends who made it, saying that it wasn’t meant to be insensitive and was merely the result of a “lapse in judgment.” Oh, and he added: “You can bet your ass that I’m having my friend do at least 100 hours of community service… Boom.”
Earlier this week Gawker posted a snippet of the video, and Hutchel quickly dispatched lawyers to have it removed from the web. (Shockingly, Gawker eventually complied and removed the clip).
All in all, a pretty classy move from JT, since he really had nothing to do with the whole thing. We’re happy he decided to address it. Although, if he had decided to hunker down in the studio and fire off some new tracks while the controversy swirled around in the outside world, we would’ve been totally cool with that, too.