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27 October 2012, 08:57
The 'Cry Me A River' star says the tape was a "lapse in judgment" by his friends.
Justin Timberlake has issued an official apology over a tape mocking homeless people, which was reportedly shown at his wedding last week.
The 'Sexy Back' star and his new wife Jessica Biel can be seen receiving several congratulatory messages by real homeless individuals in the clip, which leaked online this week.
Taking to his website, the singer turned actor said it was "distasteful" and called it a "lapse in judgment" by those responsible.
"My friends are good people. This was clearly a lapse in judgment which I'm sure no one who is reading this is exempt from," he wrote. "But, I don't believe it was made to be insensitive."
He added that he felt the tape was a joke aimed solely at him for not having many guests at the ceremony.
He also denied that the video clip was even played at his wedding as he looked to dispel certain rumours surrounding its existence.
"I am NOT defending the video. I agree with the overall consensus. But, to use another "pants" analogy... It seems that these days, misconception gets around the world before the actual truth even wakes up and gets its pants on," he continued.
"I want to say that, on behalf of my friends, family, and associative knuckleheads, I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by the video.
"Again, it was something that I was not made aware of. But, I do understand the reaction and, by association, I am holding myself accountable."
At the end of the letter, he also goes on to admit that he will be making his friend perform 100 hours of community service for his part in the tape.
The wedding took place in Puglia, Italy last week and it has also emerged that the singer failed to invite all of his former N*Sync bandmates as he wanted to avoid a reunion on his special day.
This week also saw the first pictures from the celebration emerge, which features the 'What Goes Around' star jumping for joy with his new bride at his