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Justin Timberlake Arrested: Singer Told Police After Being Pulled Over He Had ‘One Martini’

Justin Timberlake performs "Sanctified" on Saturday Night Live on Jan. 27, 2024.

Justin Timberlake performs "Sanctified" on Saturday Night Live on Jan. 27, 2024.

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Justin Timberlake told police that he had “one martini” after being pulled over in Sag Harbor, N.Y., on Monday (June 17), NBC News reports. He was arrested, and on Tuesday, was arraigned on one count of driving while intoxicated.

According to a statement released by the Sag Harbor Police Department, a traffic stop was initiated after Timberlake “was observed operating a 2025 BMW southbound on Madison Street, failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign and failing to maintain his lane of travel.”


Law enforcement “ascertained that the defendant was operating said vehicle in an intoxicated condition in that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was emanating from his breath, he was unable to divide attention, he had slowed speech, he was unsteady afoot, and he performed poorly on all standardized field sobriety tests,” NBC News reported, quoting the police report filed by officer Michael Arkinson.

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“I had one martini and I followed my friends home,” Arkinson also quoted the 10-time Grammy winner as saying in his report.

Timberlake reportedly declined to take an impairment test.

“Mr. Timberlake was placed under arrest, processed and held overnight for morning arraignment,” the policed department noted in its statement. “Mr. Timberlake was arraigned at the Sag Harbor Valley Justice Center on June 18, 2024, at 9:30 a.m., where he was released on his own recognizance.”

The singer’s lawyer declined to comment to Billboard.

Timberlake’s next court hearing is scheduled for July 26, the same day he is scheduled to perform at Tauron Arena Krakow in Poland. He is currently on his Forget Tomorrow world tour.

This article was originally published by Billboard U.S.

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