Justin was spotted looking tipsy on a balcony at a bar in New Orleans during a break from filming, and Alisha looked quite cozy with him, holding his hand and even stroking his thigh at one point.
Obviously, this doesn’t look good for someone who is married and has a child, so many were wondering what his wife thought.
A witness told The Sun of the encounter, “They were smiling and laughing. At one stage, he grabbed her hand and rested it on his knee. She then gently started stroking his leg. Then he clutched her hand with both of his and was playing with her hands.”
Even worse? Justin wasn’t wearing his wedding ring.
Of course, people flipped, and tweeted, Instagrammed, Facebooked, and carrier pigeoned their opinions about Justin and Alisha’s balcony shenanigans, and much to Justin’s disappointment, the story just wouldn’t die.
Justin was finally forced to issue a public apology to his wife, writing on Instagram, “I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family, I feel it is important to address recent rumors that are hurting the people that I love/ A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgment—but let me be clear—nothing happened between me and my costar.”
He also wrote that he “drank way too much,” regrets it ever happening, and apologized to Jessica and his family for “putting them through such an embarrassing situation.”
It appears Jessica Biel is taking the allegations in her stride, with a source telling People, they will “work through this. It was good that he apologized publicly but obviously the real work he is doing is in private and hopefully this was just a bad drunken night of this type of behavior.”
Another source said, “He’s charming and outgoing. And obviously he drank too much this time but Jessica believes he didn’t cheat on her. She will stand by him.”
Who knows what is going on behind the scenes, and though Justin issued a public apology, they will obviously be dealing with the fallout from this in private.
While Jessica may be standing by her man, it appears Wendy Williams had some opinions about this. She even ripped up a copy of Justin’s apology, saying, “Sir, please. It must be hell at home, honey! She probably grabbed him by the scuff of his neck and said ‘You better get out there and say something.'”
She even went so far as to question their entire marriage, saying “I never thought they were a great couple as far as chemistry. I mean, they look good together but I don’t really understand the appeal of Biel beyond a ‘look.’ I don’t see her being able to dance to his music or drink all night with him. Maybe too serious for him.”
Well, clearly she has some strong opinions! However one never knows what is going on behind closed doors, so we’ll have to wait and see if Justin and Jessica can make it through this. For the moment, it appears they will.