Ricky Gervais Blasts Justin Timberlake After DWI Arrest

Pop star faces legal troubles amid career challenges

by Zain ul Abedin
Ricky Gervais Blasts Justin Timberlake After DWI Arrest
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Recently, there was humour at the expense of pop star Justin Timberlake, particularly via social media figures such as Ricky Gervais, who made some rather crude jokes after the singer’s drink-driving mishap. Gervais, who has infamously been a social critic, especially during most of the Hollywood events like the Golden Globe awards, did not spare Timberlake, especially since he was arrested for reckless driving in the Hamptons last Tuesday.

With Timberlake, a former boy band singer of NSYNC, turning into a pop genius on his own, the superstar was reportedly stopped by police on account of his being under the influence as his car was observed to have been drifting.

He said that he only had one martini before the police arrived. However, officers noted that he was not cooperative and failed all the tests, including the standardized field sobriety test and breathalyzer test, which he refused to take.

Timberlake portrayal in one of the most successful movies of 2010, The Social Network barely resembles his current media portrayals. Soon after this news came out, Gervais, who has recently become an owner of Ellers Farm Distillery, decided to tease Timberlake on X/Twitter and said: "Did you get the bottle of Dutch Barn Vodka I sent you the other day?" The fans were divided; some praised the post for being the best one, the others considered it an arrogance.

Timberlake's Troubled Times

The consequences of Timberlake’s arrest remain uncertain, given that his world tour is due to start again in Chicago on June 21. As for the criminal charges, he stands accused of DWI and two traffic law violations; a court trial is scheduled to begin on July 26.

This event is another black spot in Timberlake’s reputation, which was also damaged after the release of the book Britney Spears "The Woman in Me" in 2023; Spears has claimed that Timberlake was unfaithful to her while she was still just a teenager and Timberlake try to support her during the struggle against the conservatorship, stating that she should be in charge of her own body.

Timberlake also apologized to his wife, Jessica Biel, in 2019 after being caught holding a co-star, Alisha Wainwright’s hand, saying that it was due to intoxication and stating the intention to do better for his wife and his son.

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