Justin Timberlake appears to joke at Boston concert about drink-driving arrest

1 July 2024, 05:00 | Updated: 1 July 2024, 07:26

Justin Timberlake has appeared to joke about his recent drink-driving arrest at a concert in Boston.

The Grammy Award-winning pop star was arrested in Sag Harbor, a wealthy village in the Hamptons in New York State last month.

In a video shared on social media over the weekend, Timberlake tells a crowd at Boston's TD Garden arena: "Is there anyone here that is driving, no I'm just kidding."

Fans appear to laugh and cheer as he continues to address the crowd.

Sag Harbor Village Police Department said Timberlake was pulled over at 12.37am local time (5.27am UK time) on Tuesday 18 June after officers saw him "failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign and failing to maintain his lane of travel" while driving a BMW.

An officer described his eyes as "bloodshot and glassy" and said a "strong odour of an alcoholic beverage was emanating from his breath", according to court documents.

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

A source told Page Six, the New York Post's celebrity and entertainment site, that Timberlake said "under his breath" during the arrest: "This is going to ruin the tour."

Timberlake has strongly denied the allegations, with his lawyer saying he looks forward to "vigorously defending" the singer.

The 43-year-old, who first found fame as a member of the pop band NSYNC, was held overnight after his arrest until he was arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court and released.

A court date is scheduled for 26 July.

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Timberlake previously appeared to address the arrest on stage, saying "it's been a tough week" during a performance in Chicago last month.

He is set to continue his series of US shows with performances due to take place in Baltimore, Maryland, Cleveland, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky.

He is due to perform in Birmingham, Manchester and London in the UK in August.