Justin Timberlake ‘has a bad reputation in Hollywood’ as an egotistical jerk

Last week, Justin Timberlake was arrested for driving while intoxicated and committing a couple of (likely alcohol-related) traffic violations. He could have hurt someone. He could have killed someone, getting behind the wheel while under the influence. Don’t let the jokes make you forget that – Justin is a 43 year old man who got sh-tfaced at a bar and then got behind the wheel. It’s almost always “ACAB” but props to the cop who made sure to get Justin’s drunk ass off the road. Also props to the cop for helping to create all of the memes and jokes about Justin’s arrest. People are obsessed with the detail of Justin reportedly saying “this is going to ruin the tour,” to which the cop asked “what tour?” Justin’s reply: “The world tour.”

Since his arrest, Justin and his team have been doing the most to spread the word far and wide that Justin was not drunk, that all of it was just some horrible misunderstanding. A source just told People that when Justin stayed overnight in jail after his DWI arrest, “He was freaking out and stayed up all night when he was in custody. He’s insisting he only had one drink and it wasn’t some wild night out.” Does anyone believe him? Meanwhile, it’s a different story once you go past his publicist’s damage control. From Page Six:

Justin Timberlake may not have his old swagger — especially after his latest album, “Everything I Thought It Was,” dropped off the Billboard 200 after just four weeks. Sources told The Post that the singer and actor’s career is not where he thought it would be at this point.

“The album didn’t do too well, and I don’t see Justin getting big acting roles right now,” said a well-placed Hollywood insider. “I just think Justin has a bad reputation in Hollywood as a bit of a jerk and a pain in the ass.”

“He’s got a bit of an ego,” said an industry insider.

While Timberlake has traded on his dimpled good looks and sunny charm for decades, he’s not been having a great year. “Everything I Thought It Was” became his first solo release to miss the No. 1 spot since “Justified” in 2002. The record was met with criticism and weaker than usual sales upon its release in March. Ticket sales for “The Forget Tomorrow World Tour” have been similarly lackluster. “His golden boy image is definitely depleted,” the Hollywood source said.

“Reptile,” last year’s Netflix thriller, saw Timberlake deemed by critics as making “his best impression of Ben Affleck in “Gone Girl.” His biggest success in recent years has come from voicing a character in the the “Trolls” movies. It’s surely not the career he imagined when, as The Post reported in 2010, he had his eyes on an Oscar nomination for his role in “The Social Network.” Back then, we reported that he was “doing things his own way, including attending Academy screenings on his own and privately reaching out to award winners and Academy darlings Tom Hanks and Kevin Spacey for campaigning advice.”

In the end, only co-star Jesse Eisenberg received nod, although Timberlake did get to open the Oscars in 2017 with a rambunctious performance of his nominated, self-penned song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” (From, yes, a “Trolls” movie.”)

Another industry insider said, “There have been rumors around Justin’s behavior for a long time. Maybe the bubble was about to burst and this was the pin that pricked the bubble.”

Page Six is told he and Biel have rented a house in Sag Harbor for the summer, as they did last year. “In today’s world you have to be really dumb to drink and drive,” the industry insider said. “Justin is showing off a side that I don’t think a lot of people knew about.”

[From Page Six]

In many ways, I’m surprised that this DWI arrest is being positioned as “a golden boy’s fall from grace” in the entertainment media, because in my mind, Justin has been in a significant decline for the past decade. The music isn’t good, he always seems like an arrogant jerk, there are lots of people in multiple industries who do not want to have anything to do with him. It’s not like this DWI happened when he was on top of the world – he’s been struggling professionally and probably personally for a long-ass time. Speaking of the “world tour,” here’s Justin looking absolutely strung out during a concert in May (the video has made the rounds post-arrest, and as I’ve been saying… Justin’s face has told the tale of his substance/alcohol abuse for a while).

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. JayBlue says:

    A sober man does not refuse a breathalyser, especially if his reputation is on the line.

    • CROWHOOD says:

      As a counterpoint to this argument because I’ve seen it a lot lately: yes they do. I come from a family of lawyers (who are good people). Many were ADA’s so me and my cousins grew up with what we called the death beeper (ADA’s have to take turns being on call for alcohol related car deaths so growing up we would just wake up in the middle of the night to the beeper going off and know somebody had died from drunk driving) – we do not take drunk driving lightly.

      That said, I was always told to refuse the test. It’s just a piece of equipment, nothing is truly fail proof, and they would rather argue me out of the refusal than an incorrect read. Just wanted to provide some context from another point of view.

      • Libra says:

        To add to above, refuse a breathalyzer if you are so inebriated that you could blow way over the DWI Mark and incur a higher charge that includes jail time.

      • Sass says:

        @crowhood thank you for this nuanced take.

      • Mtl.ex.pat says:

        Prosecutor in Canada here – for the Canadian celebitches – in Canada it is a separate crime to refuse a breathalyzer or screening device. Same penalties as driving over 80 or driving impaired. I say that because of the comments re being advised to refuse in the states. Not in Canada. Also – courts here have generally accepted the functioning of the intoxilyzer/breathalyzer. It’s very hard to argue “it’s not working” in Canada. FYI.

      • ML says:

        Mtl.Ex.Pat, Europe seems similar to the Canada on this. The NLs does that too, and specifically with breathalysing: the field test indicates whether they bring you in to the station for a more accurate reading. You get the station breathalyzer twice, and if you have an issue with the results, you can ask for and pay for a blood test. Refusing to test means handing over your license for at least a few months.

      • Kelly says:

        crowhood, I have a friend that was relaxing after work and was halfway through a first drink when they got a call that a family member had an emergency and was in the hospital, and they were crying and rushing there when pulled over by a cop. The breathalyzer showed my friend at exactly .08, but it turns out that the officer hadn’t had their equipment calibrated in almost a year, and it was registering most people as a lot higher than they actually were. So the dui charges on my friend were dropped but they still got charged with reckless driving.

        That being said, in my state you can also be charged with a violation of implied consent if you refuse a breathalyzer or blood draw. I’ve heard of people accepting that charge because it gives them time to get under the limit while they get a warrant from a judge for a blood draw, but that’s a pretty big gamble in my mind. Definitely easier and cheaper to call an Uber. And if I was a celebrity, I’d never drive myself anywhere, sobriety level be damned. I hate driving so a private car and driver would be the thing I’d splurge on 24/7

      • Why No says:

        My fiancé is a judge and told me the same thing. Refuse the breathalyzer no matter how much the police pressure you. I’m sure many celebs are advised of the same.

      • superjosh says:

        This is surprising to hear. A refusal isn’t often charged criminally, but it is an automatic one year suspension of your license from the DMV regardless of the outcome of any DUI related infractions. The DMV holds their own hearings and are steadfast on this rule. As long as the officer performed their duties correctly (i.e. reading you the rights regarding the refusal), then there is no arguing this matter. Your lawyer will lose.

      • Nic919 says:

        In Canada you can still argue that the breathalyzer isn’t properly calibrated and that can toss out the over 80mg charge and possible the impaired.

        But yes there is a separate charge for refusing it.

      • CatMum says:

        in California if you refuse it you lose your license for a year.

        Justin hs always seemed like an ass to me, so whatever. unsurprising.

        and, like, the dude can’t pay for a lyft?! wtf. even I can pay for a lyft if I need one. ego and arrogance, again. he’s apparently stupid too!

      • caitlinsmom says:

        I’m a lawyer and while I no longer do any criminal defense work, I agree with what has been said about refusing the breathalyzer, and the field sobriety test. A breathalyzer is just a piece of equipment and it’s not infallible- but consenting to it provides a result that can be admitted as evidence and used against you. Same with the field sobriety test- the failure can and will be used against you. Not to mention that I don’t know many people who can actually pass the Field sobriety test sober- I can’t say the alphabet backwards while standing on one foot or walk a straight line heel to toe on my best day, and certainly not in heels.

        doing either of these tests just provides the police and the DA with potential evidence of intoxication. Better to refuse both if you are ever pulled over- that will make it harder for the DA to prove their case down the line. That said, in nearly every jurisdiction in the US, failure to provide a specimen and/or refusal of the field test usually results in an automatic license suspension – so the refusal becomes very inconvenient, but then again, so is everything about a DWI arrest.

    • Mil says:

      Not true. Blood test is more precise. But, he’s a douche. Timberfake was always problematic.
      I wonder if some skeletons are going to come creeping out…

      • ML says:

        Absolutely, a blood test is extremely accurate. However, he probably could have requested one to prove that he only consumed a single drink and had no drugs in his system. Let’s just say he acted like he was guilty of a DUI.

    • Snoozer says:

      It’s so wild to me that you can do that in the US and that field sobriety tests even exist. Here in Australia, you are legally obliged to comply to breathalysers or drug tests if they pull you over. Field sobriety tests do not exist. You just get breathalysed and drug tested immediately. If you blow over and claim it’s a mistake (eg: you only had one drink but it was recently or you had cough syrup), they will then take you to get a blood test.

  2. Zia says:

    One drink doesn’t make you drive in a manner that warrants a stop by the police. No one believes the was a misunderstanding

    • Danbury says:

      To be fair it depends on your tolerance – I know after one drink I’m already a bit woozy. But I’m not stupid enough to drive, even after just one drink.

      • It Really Is You, Not Me says:

        It can also depend on whether he was on other substances at the same time that don’t show up on a breathalyzer, were in the sun all day, dehydrated or suffering from lack of sleep. This is not to excuse Timberlake who I deeply dislike but just to say that alcohol can hit fast if the other factors are present.

  3. Mel says:

    When all your nasty chickens get together and decide to ride home. Oh well..

  4. Amy Bee says:

    The album before this new one was a flop too. It’s bad for Justin for a long time, trolls was the last gasp of his career.

    • seaflower says:

      And his 2018 super bowl performance was mediocre at best.

      • Amy Bee says:

        I don’t even remember him performing at the Super Bowl.

      • terra says:

        @Amy Bee, then you’re lucky. It was a sh!tshow, from every angle, although the sound mixing got a lot of attention. It was like his mic was on the lowest setting possible. Plus, he tried covering Prince, a cardinal sin.

  5. sevenblue says:

    On another article, his friends are calling the policeman all kinds of names from rookie to overzealous. He didn’t learn anything, especially since it seems like he is surrounded by “yes men”.

    • Jais says:

      The way they’re going after the arresting officer… I hope it leads to them releasing the dash cam.

      • ML says:

        Yeah, that poor guy!! I hope he gets promoted, they release the dashcam / bodycam footage, and these privileged a-holes learn to adjust their behavior.
        JT’s arrest is actually one of the very few unifying events: thankfully most people no matter what their political affiliation want people to drink responsibly and not get behind the wheel if impaired. Just about everyone I kwon thinks he did something wrong and the cop was right. This rarely happens anymore.

      • lucy2 says:

        This would be an excellent idea, to refute all the (bogus) claims his team is making.

  6. Agnes says:

    In a world of Justin Timberlakes, be a Ryan Gosling.

    • Lux says:

      You know Justin is still big mad that he wasn’t considered for La La Land.

    • Pippa says:

      Ryan Gosling has been arrested for DUI himself, so not sure if you´re joking?

      • Dalat says:

        This has gone so far beyond the actual DUI issue that even the mention of Ryan Gosling is ridiculous.

      • Ms single malt says:

        Yes – Gosling was arrested for DUI in 2005. He plead the charge down to speeding which to me means he had a low BAC reading.

      • Dalat says:

        Ryan’s BAC was over the limit; if it wasnt he wouldnt have been charged with DUI. His plea was for a reduced charge of speeding, which is what people often do in this situation. We’ll never know Justin’s BAC so he’ll most likely be charged with running a stop sign/reckless driving. Fines, probation, community service. Case closed. The world tour continues!! lol

  7. Flower says:

    He’s had this coming for so long. The test of his character will be how he comes out of the other side.

    • Roan Inish says:

      If the music thing doesn’t work out for JT there’s probably some new game show he could host. Welcome to the D-list Justin – ya should have be kinder to folks you worked with along the way.

  8. Mia4s says:

    Ugh. Has enough money to have bought a whole car on a whim to have someone drive him home in, and ends up with a DWI. Gross.

    I forgot about the Social Network Oscar campaigning! LOL! Look I’ll even be fair, he was not terrible in that movie. He was pretty good even. But the supporting nominee if there had been one would have been Andrew Garfield or even, as much as I hate to admit this, Armie Hammer. Thinking he had enough goodwill in Hollywood to pull off the surprise nomination? LMAO! Know your lane Justin…and drive in it sober please. 🙄

    • Ladiabla says:

      I remember seeing an interview of the 3 of them – Jesse, Andrew, and Justin when they were promoting The Social Network and you could just tell that Andrew did not care for Justin at all. I remember David Fincher saying something along the lines of casting based on an actor’s essential traits, and that Andrew was the most emotional, which is why that scene when he confronts Mark hits so hard. Which is why Justin played dbag Sean Parker and Ben Affleck played the husband in Gone Girl. He always said the Brad was a lot more similar to Tyler Durden than one would think. Totally spot on.

    • Lemons says:

      “drive in it sober” 😭😭😭 That killed me!

  9. Eurydice says:

    I think the “fall from grace” angle is just for public consumption. It’s been obvious JT was declining – it’s just that insiders are now willing to say it out loud.

  10. MY3CENTS says:

    As much as I dislike him, he’ll be ok.
    He’s a rich white guy who making people money ( even if he’s in a decline), celbs with bigger offenses have not suffered.
    What’s gonna to happen, they put in in conservatorship?

  11. Eleonor says:

    Britney in her autobiography talks about him as a cheating a-hole and a party goer, it was more than 20 years ago.
    What is really surprising for me, is that there are people who buy tickets for his concerts!

  12. Roan Inish says:

    The only thing that will save his career now is an NSync tour but I bet those guys hate him too.

  13. Lemons says:

    At the end of the day, the day is going to end 😅 Justin’s whole image that got him so much success was built off Black producers and Black culture. That’s cool, but he can’t be surprised when a different audience isn’t feeling Justin without the jerry curl.

    I actually listened to his new album and it wasn’t bad! But he’s not a man of the culture. And I felt like he turned his back on it as soon as it didn’t suit him. As Kendrick would say, “You not a colleague, you a — colonizer.”

    This DUI is just ick. We’ve known he was a jerk for years, but this takes it to new levels.

  14. Nanea says:

    This was meant as a reply to Eleonor above
    There’s Britney, then there’s Janet — and I’ve witnessed him acting rude and entitled at the Cannes Film Festival, at a time when Donald Freaking Sutherland and Mads Mikkelsen were on the jury, and Clooney and Spielberg premiered movies, and yeah.

    JT was bigger in his own mind than everyone else.

  15. TN Democrat says:

    In her autobiography BS talks about how badly she was treated publically after JT unfairly labeled her a cheater to launch his solo career and how devastated she was after he suddenly broke up with her. She would literally be boo’ed when she walked into public spaces because of the false narative around Cry Me a River. His ego cannot handle getting similar treatment (vilified in the media/publically and boos when he walks into rooms), but he also would never hold himself accountable for his career decline. He will always blame Britney and Janet for speaking out rather than his own behavior and lack of output. His eyes indicate more is going on with him than alcoholism. Jt needs treatment and not surrounded by people who codependently support his behavior.

    • Marcia says:

      “His eyes indicate more is going on with him than alcoholism.”
      He looks depressed and out of it. His energy is off in that concert clip.
      Maybe it’s hitting middle age. Middle age can do a number on you.

  16. Coco Bean says:

    His eyes in the concert video are uncomfortable to look at.

    • North of Boston says:

      That concert video … ugh

      It’s giving me flashbacks to wedding receptions and reunions where That.One.Guy. had waaay too much to drink, was dancing around messily, sweating and slamming into other people, causing a scene and just would not stop until he either puked in public, fell down and injured himself, or crashed into/knocked down the cheese station or wedding cake or the bride and her grampa. Sometimes with a bonus trio of loud drunk bros/women egging him on.

  17. Jaded says:

    May Mr. “Dick-in-a-Box” have the full weight of the law come down on him.

  18. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    So. Wasn’t it reported that he had been out with friends? Or did I just imagine reading that?
    If so, why didn’t one of them step in and step up?

    J.T. could have set an example. “I knew I had too much to drink, so I had a buddy drive me home (or to my hotel)
    He may be a twat waffle but he would have scored points especially with the police who would have used him as a smart decision maker
    As it is, he set an example for sure

    • BeanieBean says:

      If he had done that he wouldn’t even have come to the attention of the cops.

  19. MrsClincy says:

    Wow that video of his performance smh he was definitely on something alot harder then alcohol

  20. Dalat says:

    When/if he goes before a judge, the only evidence will be the officer’s report and body-cam, if available. His lawyer will convince him to plead guilty where he’ll be fined and sentenced to community service. It won’t make people happy but that’s the law.

    • sevenblue says:

      Well his lawyer said they are gonna fight it. That is why they aren’t releasing body-cam yet according to the TMZ, since it is currently under investigation. My guess, his team will try to bury the body-cam and throw the policeman under the bus. The tabloids already identified the poor guy and are calling him “overzealous”.

      • Dalat says:

        That’s what lawyers are paid to say. JT is not the first celebrity DUI and considering how few of them wind up with any serious jail time, I don’t see his outcome being any different.

      • sevenblue says:

        @Dalat, I was talking about him pleading guilty acc to your guess. I don’t see that happening. Lawyers don’t always say that, especially for a case like that there is “close to zero” risk of prison time. They usually release an empty statement approved by PR team seeking sympathy. It wasn’t that. So, I don’t think he is gonna plead guilty. He has the money to fight it anyway.

  21. blueberry says:

    I was shocked to see so many Justin sympathizers. There was even an oped on CNN about how people are being mean to him online. I don’t get it. I liked NSYNC, Brittany, etc as a kid back then. But no amount of millennial nostalgia would keep me from seeing him for who he’s been showing us all these years since.

  22. Mothra says:

    What a surprise.

  23. Dalat says:

    I don’t think they’ll take it to court because it’s his first offense
    and not worth the bad pr. However they will probably plead not guilty to dui and bargain for a reduced charge. Ignoring the hearsay and tmz, this is a fairly routine incident. No accident, fleeing the scene or resisting arrest. JT hasn’t been on my radar in quite some time so the amount of attention this has gotten surprises me.

    • CatMum says:

      I think that everyone basically thinks he’s a dick already, and this just proves it.

      • Dalat says:

        Driving while under the influence is a sign of irresponsibility. Gross negligence and reckless endangerment may also apply depending on the details of the case. I try to remain impartial in these situations and let the facts speak for themselves. As for his reputation, he’s been damaged goods for quite some time.

  24. Mystery says:

    He’s had that glazed-eye look for the past 10 years. Thought it was ’cause he wasn’t getting enough sleep. He’s probably addicted to / dependent on all kinds of substances plus alcohol.

    A very unwell person. Hope he gets the help he obviously needs, as unlikeable as he might be.

  25. Murphy says:

    The best thing he’s done in the last 15 years was the Trolls movies. Stick a fork in him, he’s done.

  26. what's inside says:

    Never been a fan and what I have read about and seen of him shows an immature guy with issues.