Justin Timberlake breaks silence on police arrest: 'It’s been a tough week’


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US pop star Justin Timberlake (pic) admitted "it’s been a tough week” at his first concert since he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The 43-year-old Cry Me A River singer was arrested in Sag Harbor, a wealthy village in the Hamptons in New York state, on Tuesday after allegedly failing to pause at a stop sign and failing to stay in the right lane.

In videos widely circulated on social media, Timberlake speaks about the past week while addressing fans at a gig in Chicago on Friday night.

He said: "It’s been a tough week... I know sometimes I’m hard to love but you keep on loving me and I love you right back.”

Timberlake’s lawyer said he was looking forward to "vigorously defending” the singer in a statement shared with the PA news agency on Wednesday.

The musician, who first found fame as a member of boyband NSYNC, was pulled over on June 18 at 12:37am after police saw him "failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign and failing to maintain his lane of travel” while driving a 2025 BMW, a statement from Sag Harbor Village Police Department said.

An officer who stopped Timberlake described his eyes as being "bloodshot and glassy” and said a "strong odour of an alcoholic beverage was emanating from his breath," according to a court document.

"He was unable to divide attention, he had slowed speech, he was unsteady afoot and he performed poorly on all standardized field sobriety tests,” the court papers added.

Timberlake was placed under arrest and held overnight until he was arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on Tuesday morning and then released.

His next court date is scheduled for July 26, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said.

His The Forget Tomorrow World Tour will also see him travel to US cities including Boston, Baltimore and Cleveland.

The European leg, which begins in the Polish city of Krakow on July 26, includes performances in the English cities of Birmingham and Manchester as well as two dates at The O2 in London this August.

The Grammy winner and actor, known for films including The Social Network (2010) and Friends With Benefits (2011), released his latest solo album, Everything I Thought It Was, in March. – dpa

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