“Can’t Stop The Feeling” singer Justin Timberlake recently felt something he never expected to as he attended a charity golf tournament over the weekend — a slap on the side of his face, and it was all caught on camera.
The incident, which occurred this past Saturday and was noted by TMZ, saw Timberlake, 35, making his way across the green of the American Century Celebrity Pro-Am event, when a fan reached his hand out to touch the star. In the commotion of the moment, Timberlake is accidentally slapped in the face, which, understandably, caused him to immediately recoil and react angrily.
“Why did you do that,” he is heard yelling, before being led away from the scene by his minders.
Once the unidentified man was pulled aside, he claimed that the “slap” was simply an accident due to his over-excitement of seeing Timberlake. He was then confronted by Justin himself, and as seen in the video, ends up in an increasingly aggressive conversation with the entertainer. Ultimately, Timberlake and reps for the golf tournament decided not to press charges against the individual, but when he was told by sheriffs that he would have to leave for his actions, things went from bad to worse.
“Law enforcement sources tell [TMZ that the man] claimed he just wanted to touch Justin and got overzealous. We’re told he appeared intoxicated, became belligerent [and refused to leave the premises]. Cops arrested him for disorderly conduct.”
As reported by the Inquisitr, after posting on Twitter that he was “inspired” by the pro-Black call-to-arms made by Williams, he was inquired by an African-American writer on whether he would refrain from appropriating facets of Black culture, and apologize to Janet Jackson for his hand in her near-career-ending Superbowl “Nipplegate” situation.
“Oh, you sweet soul,” he responded in a now-deleted Twitter post (Entertainment Tonight still has it saved, however). “The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye.”
That, in turn, caused a massive backlash from a huge amount of Timberlake’s African-American fan base and Twitter users alike (a group often referred to as #BlackTwitter), who all demanded that he dish out another apology for his demeaning response that disregarded the very same message he claimed to be moved by.
“I feel misunderstood,” Justin explained in a set of sorrowful Twitter posts. “I responded to a specific tweet that wasn’t meant to be a general response. I shouldn’t have responded anyway. I was truly inspired by [Jesse Williams’] speech because I really do feel that we are all one, a human race. I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but love for you, and for all of us.”
Before the accidental slapping, Timberlake seemed to be enjoying himself quite a bit at this year’s American Century Celebrity Pro-Am tournament. During a moment between putts with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribiero and Golden State Warriors basketball star Stephen Curry, the trio reenacted “The Carlton,” Ribiero’s infamous dance from the 90’s NBC series, for the watching crowd.
No word on whether or not Timberlake’s slap “attacker” has been released from jail. The singer is set to appear, by voice only, in the upcoming Dreamworks film, Trolls, which also features his current single, the aforementioned “Can’t Stop The Feeling.”
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