October 26th, 2012 by faye
The wedding party of newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel reportedly featured a video that openly made fun of homeless people in Los Angeles.
According to reports, a website called Gawker.com posted the video Wednesday which was made by Justin Huchel — the real estate agent friend of pop singer Justin Timberlake. The controversial video opens with a title card that reads, “Greetings from your Hollywood friends who just couldn’t make it.” It was followed by Huchel interviewing ten random people on the streets, all apparently homeless, who send best wishes to Timberlake and Biel.
“Justin and Jessica, I haven’t seen you for a long time. I hope the wedding goes fine for you. My gift is in the mail,” said one toothless man.
“Good luck and watch your man,” offers another, who’s apparently either a transvestite or transgender.
Justin Huchel then suggests to a man named Robert that he “go skins” and leave his shirt off while offering congratulations. After the man does so, the video concludes with another card saying, “Love Huch and Rachel.”
Gawker.com reported that Huchel intended for the clip to poke fun at the luxurious expense the newly wed couple went to for their exorbitant ceremony. However, when the video made the rounds in the Internet, several fans of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel took to Twitter to condemn the video, saying it was in poor taste and clearly exploited the homeless.
“Not funny some of them were probably war vets. I hope they at least paid them,” wrote one commenter on YouTube.
Justin Timberlake follower @StephBreezy678 wrote, “It’s official I am no longer a @timberlake fan!! Unfollowing you right now! Mocking the homeless is wrong! #Pissed.”
Now, Huchel’s attorney, Michael J. Saltz, has already sent a cease-and-desist letter to the website, threatening it with a lawsuit, unless Gawker.com takes down what he said is “a protected copyright work” and destroyed all copies it has in its possession.
“Mr. Huchel made a video to be used and exhibited privately at Justin Timberlake’s wedding as a private joke without Mr. Timberlake’s knowledge,” wrote Saltz. “Further, Mr. Huchel informs us that his copyrighted video was recently stolen.”
There was no immediate comment from reps of Justin Timberlake or Jessica Biel. As of Thursday morning, Gawker had initially declined to comply with the take-down request, but later removed the video after a second letter claimed it was a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
“My client, as the copyright owner of the Stolen Video, has not authorized you to reproduce, distribute, post or otherwise display copies of those materials,” read the follow up. “Any publication, reproduction or dissemination of the Stolen Video…constitutes an infringement of my client’s exclusive copyrights.”
May 24th, 2012 by edsel
Justin Timberlake denounced particularly intrusive and ill-tempered paparazzi on Twitter this Tuesday for kicking the truck of a friend.
According to Gossip Cop, the ‘In Time’ star and his business partner, Trace Ayala, were having a meeting in Los Angeles when several paparazzi spotted them. A source close to Timberlake said that the photographers tried to take pictures of Timberlake but failed.
The Gossip Cop source then claimed that a frustrated paparazzi angrily kicked at the vehicle of Trace Ayala. That did not escape the attention of Justin Timberlake, who brought the incident up on Twitter.
“So,” began Timberlake, “A paparazzi can’t get a photo of me so he kicks my best friend’s truck door in..?” The 31-year-old singer was decidedly displeased with the photographer’s behavior. “And they wonder why they can’t get a ‘fair’ shake,” he tweeted. “I mean, seriously…”
After Justin Timberlake vented his displeasure, he added that the incident was “Not ruining my day though.” He concluded with succinct advice for the paparazzi in question: “#getaREALjob.”
According to Gossip Cop’s Timberlake source, the ill-tempered paparazzi who kicked at the truck of Trace Ayala are familiar faces that Justin Timberlake had previously dealt with over the years.