Justin Timberlake found himself in hot water recently when pictures were taken of the actor holding hands with his Palmer costar Alisha Wainwright while they were out in New Orleans with other members of the cast and crew.
After the photos went public and social media was set on fire, a Timberlake source told People that it was “completely innocent.”
“It’s a balcony with a group of people and it was definitely nothing happening. He’s down there shooting [his film] Palmer, they’re starring in the movie together and they’re cool and everybody was just hanging out.”
Wainwright’s reps also released a statement claiming that there was nothing going on between the co-stars.
“There is no validity to this speculation. They are currently working on a project together. Members of the cast and crew were all together.”
On top of that, Wainwright’s father, music producer Jeff Wainwright, told The Daily Mail that she was just a professional doing her job.
“It’s all just speculation. She is in New Orleans doing some work, that is all. They are working on a movie together. I have seen it all over the news. I did not make anything of it, really. I am a music producer, so I am used to all the hoopla. This is the business we are in. This is how it goes.”
Carson Kressley, the Fashion Guy from the original Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, decided to weigh in on the situation, and he thinks Timberlake is innocent. He told TooFab that the whole interaction seemed harmless.
“He was holding hands. I know the body language. I think it was totally innocent.”
Kressley’s comments set off a heated discussion on social media, with some people agreeing with the Kressley while others lit up Timberlake and Wainwright’s behavior.
“Disappointed in Justin. Holding hands with someone other than your wife is inappropriate!”
“If your (sic) holding hands with not your wife, your (sic) a dog”
“I don’t understand why everyone is coming down on him. He clearly was drunk which is no excuse but why is he the one to blame only. She knows he’s married & has her hand on his leg. [What the hell] was she thinking. They are both at fault.”
“This woman knew what she was doing. Being drunk is no excuse on his part but she did not seem drunk. People who have significant others need to ask yourselves if you saw a coworker holding your man or your woman’s hand at a company party (especially stroking a leg) would you really be cool with it??”
It’s safe to say that the drama is not going anywhere with this story.