Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have begun legal proceedings in Ireland over an article that appeared in Heat magazine, according to the Irish Independent. Biel and Timberlake are alleging defamation in relation to a story and picture that was in last month’s edition of the publication.
The article apparently contained quotes attributed to Biel. Although a British publication, Heat is also sold in Ireland and throughout Europe and published by a German company.
Entertainment pointed out that due to the nature of the suit, the site could not republish the article in question or describe its contents. Glasgow’s Evening Times reported that the suit was filed with the High Court in Dublin against the Bauer Media Group, which publishes Heat. The Evening Times quoted the couple’s lawyer, Paul Tweed of Johnsons Solicitors, with regards to the filings.
“We have issued defamation proceedings on behalf of our clients, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, in relation to an article and a headline in Heat magazine. We are suing in Ireland in relation to publication in all jurisdictions, as our clients are entitled to do.”
The paper also noted the claims were filed separately — one on behalf of Timberlake and one on behalf of Biel. Tweed said it could take more than a year before the case actually goes to trial.
As the Irish Times notes, the couple are celebrating their second wedding anniversary this month. They were married October 2012 in Puglia, Italy. The high-profile couple is frequently in the media, including on the pages of The Inquisitr.
The Irish Times describes Tweed as an international media lawyer and reports Johnsons Solicitors will represent Biel and Timberlake in proceedings throughout Europe. Despite the potential for delay in the commencement of court proceedings, the Irish Times quotes Tweed as wanting a quick resolution to the suit.
“Our objective is to get them vindicated as quickly as possible.”
According to Biography, Biel was acting and modeling as a pre-teen before landing on the family drama 7th Heaven at the age of 14. She was in the series from its debut until departing in its sixth season. Since then, she has had a variety of film roles, including Valentine’s Day and the 2012 reboot of Total Recall. Biel is 32.
Timberlake was similarly a child performer, appearing on The Mickey Mouse Club and as a member of the boy band ‘N Sync. He went on to have a successful music career as a solo artist. Timberlake is 33.
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