Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s ostentatious Italian nuptials have been branded “disgusting” after penniless vagrants were turned in to a laughing stock during the couple’s wedding reception.
The video, obtained by Gawker, features people believed to be homeless, street musicians and transsexuals. JT’s longtime pal, Los Angeles real estate agent Justin Huchel and his girlfriend Rachel, took the brunt of the backlash after they interviewed random disenfranchised citizens on camera, wishing the wealthy newlyweds well.
“Greetings from your Hollywood friends who just couldn’t make it,” the clip begins.
One toothless man can be heard telling the couple:
“Jessica and Justin, I haven’t seen y’all in a long time my gift is in the mail.”
“It’s official I am no longer a @jtimberlake fan!! Unfollowing you right now! Mocking the homeless is wrong!” Twitter user @StephBreezy678 wrote.
Another chimed in with: “Such douches. The company you keep reflects you.”
“It must be so easy to laugh at the little people from the safety of the phoney hype bubble,” someone wrote.
Angry user @GregortheMendel tweeted: “Justin Timberlake and Jessic Biel: Homeless, ill people are not funny. Wedding fodder for you?”
Others called the footage “tacky” and “disgusting.”
Huchel hit back, defending his private gag for the stars. In a statement, his lawyer said:
“Mr. Huchel made [the] video to be used and exhibited privately at Justin Timberlake’s wedding as a private joke without Mr. Timberlake’s knowledge.”
Gawker has been ordered to remove the video from its website or face legal action.
Leave it to TMZ to track down one of the homeless men in the controversial wedding video.
Meet Eddie: He says he was in Hollywood minding his own business when a man offered him $40 to deliver a few pre-written lines on camera. He says he had no idea that his first acting gig was for the Timberlake wedding — or that he would be the punchline of a joke.
“That makes me feel really bad…that was a trick played on me.”