Pop Icon Justin Timberlake Arrested, Facing Lengthy Jail Time

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The renowned pop musician and actor Justin Timberlake was detained when it was reported that he drove while intoxicated in the posh Hamptons, a beachside retreat popular with New York’s elite.

When Timberlake’s car was pulled over by Sag Harbor police on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, he was behind the wheel. According to ABC News, he was arrested, released early on Tuesday, and is scheduled to appear in court later that day for his arraignment. According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, first-time drunk drivers in Long Island face fines ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, up to a year in jail, and a mandatory one-year license suspension, depending on the seriousness of their offense.

The “Cry Me a River” singer is currently on a worldwide tour that will end in Kansas City, Missouri in December after continuing on Friday night in Chicago. According to his website, he has two sold-out gigs scheduled for Madison Square Garden in New York City next week. Following the release of his sixth studio album, “Everything I Thought It Was,” which has garnered mostly favorable reviews from both reviewers and fans, he embarks on the “Forget Tomorrow World Tour.”

Despite being judged guilty of lesser crimes in the court of popular opinion, Timberlake, 43, has spent the majority of his adult life evading the long arm of the law. Around the turn of the century, he had a brief romantic connection with Britney Spears, solidifying their status as pop culture royalty, until Timberlake ended things due to alleged infidelity. “We’re not flawless. In 2002, Timberlake said to Barbara Walters, “I don’t judge anybody.” It’s only adolescent love. Without a doubt, the relationship was extremely intense. In a subsequent autobiography, Spears charged that Timberlake was pressuring her to get an abortion and was “trying to distance himself” from her.

When Timberlake danced provocatively on stage during the Super Bowl halftime show in February 2004, exposing Janet Jackson’s right breast went viral. The performance, which came to be known as “Nipplegate,” caused both vocalists to miss several years of work. After the #MeToo movement of 2017 prompted cultural analysts to reexamine the incident, Timberlake issued an apology and declared he had “absolutely” made peace with Jackson a year later, according to Us Weekly.

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