By Lucas Grindley
Originally published on Advocate.com October 28 2012 9:09 AM ET
Justin Timberlake issued a public apology for a video that seemed to mock homeless and transgender people and that was said to have been played during his wedding — while clearing up a few facts.
First, the video was never shown during his wedding, he said, and neither he nor new wife Jessica Biel knew anything about the video. "I had no knowledge of its existence," Timberlake wrote in an open letter online. "I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it."
Timberlake didn't defend the video, but did defend the friends who made it, he said, with good intentions.
"My friends are good people. This was clearly a lapse in judgment," he wrote, then apologized. "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."
He said the video was actually made to mock him, not the people it included. The video shows homeless and transgender people on the streets of Los Angeles offering their best wishes and apologizing for not being able to make it to the wedding, which was held at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia, Italy. "I think it was made as a joke on me not having that many friends attending my own wedding," wrote Timberlake.
Timberlake said the video is "not who I am as a professional or as a man," and he kidded that his friend will be sentenced to "at least 100 hours of community service."