Fact Check: Is footage of Justin Timberlake failing sobriety test during DWI arrest real? Viral video debunked

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A viral video seemingly featuring Justin Timberlake undergoing a sobriety test has been revealed to be fake (Image via Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Justin Timberlake has been trending in the headlines after his recent arrest on charges of driving in an intoxicated condition. The latest updates on the case stated that the singer declined to undergo a breathalyzer test thrice before being taken into custody.

However, the arrest report also led to the emergence of various videos on social media that allegedly show Timberlake taking a sobriety test.

One clip shared by an X (formerly Twitter) user @KelliKayK featured a police officer reportedly asking an anonymous individual to put a tape on the ground. The person eventually falls with his face to the ground and gets injured. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the person appearing in the video is not Justin Timberlake.

According to Snopes, the footage was initially recorded back on October 15, 2006, and the same can be spotted on top of the clip. Apart from that, the video went viral through YouTube in 2009. Talking about Timberlake, the authorities have not released any footage of his sobriety test until now.


Justin Timberlake continues to remain in police custody: Charges and other details explained

As mentioned, Justin Timberlake was arrested on June 18, 2024, and he was at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, accompanied by his friends. He was stopped by the police officers while traveling to his friend's residence.

The cops also shared a statement related to the arrest, revealing that the arrest happened at 12:37 a.m. on Tuesday. They further stated that the Trolls Band Together star crossed a stop sign and could not "maintain his lane of travel" while driving the car on Madison Street. The statement continued:

"A traffic stop was initiated by a Police Officer from the Sag Harbor Village Police Department and upon investigation it was determined that Mr. Timberlake was operating his vehicle in an intoxicated condition."

Justin Timberlake would be taken to the court on July 26 and further updates are currently awaited. On the other hand, sources for Page Six revealed some additional information related to the arrest, claiming that Justin's friends frequently requested the cops to release him.

Furthermore, the officer interrogating Timberlake was reportedly too young, due to which he failed to recognize the actor. Another source elaborated on everything that happened during the arrest and said:

"Justin said under his breath, 'This is going to ruin the tour.' The cop replied, 'What tour?' Justin said, 'The world tour.'"

Jessica Biel is supporting Justin Timberlake after his arrest

The artist's wife and actress Jessica Biel has not shared any response to his recent arrest so far. Biel has been involved with the filming of her upcoming show, The Better Sister.

A source also stated to People Magazine that Timberlake is a "great dad and husband," and that while Biel is occupied with her work, she will always support Justin. The source went on to add:

"She had to film yesterday. She doesn't like any attention on the family, especially not negative."

Justin Timberlake's arrest happened at a time when he was busy with the ongoing Forget Tomorrow World Tour. Notably, the event will end on December 20, 2024, and a few more shows are scheduled until his court appearance next month.

However, Timberlake's representatives are yet to confirm if the scheduled shows will happen as confirmed or get postponed to another date.

Edited by Meghna M
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