Justin Timberlake stands accused of failing to spend enough time with the children of a charity he raised money for.
In 2007, the “SexyBack” singer joined forces with Shriners Hospitals for Children to host a celebrity golf tournament. The annual Las Vegas event raises money for catastrophically ill kids being treated at Shriners.
While the event’s founders praise Timberlake for raising millions of dollars for their cause, they’re upset that he never appeared interested in spending time with the children he was charged with helping.
Tournament chairman Raoul Frevel told The Las Vegas Review Journal this week:
“We’re a world-class organization. At the time we got involved with golf, we were told by the Tour we needed a big name and that’s how our relationship with Justin came about. Justin’s a wonderful person. But we tried everything we could to get him more involved with our kids and the hospitals. But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren’t on, he disappeared.”
After Sunday’s final round in this year’s tournament, which begins Thursday, Timberlake and the Shriners will part ways for good. Frevel did praise Justin for bringing an air of “star power” to the cause:
“The future of pro golf here in Las Vegas wasn’t very secure when Justin and the Shriners came in five years ago. Justin added a level of cache and star power in a city that understands the value of that.”