Justin Timberlake’s Shocking DUI Arrest Rocks the Hamptons

In the stillness of early Tuesday, pop sensation Justin Timberlake found himself embroiled in allegations of driving under the influence within the exclusive sanctuary of New York’s Hamptons. Authorities disclosed that Timberlake had failed to heed a stop sign and swerved from his lane in this lavish summer retreat.

Once the darling of a boy band, now a distinguished solo artist and actor, Timberlake was piloting a 2025 BMW through Sag Harbor around 12:30 a.m. when an officer, detecting signs of intoxication, intercepted him, as delineated in a court affidavit.

The court documents highlighted Timberlake’s red and glassy eyes, his breath redolent of alcohol, his speech labored, and his gait unsteady, alongside his poor performance on standard field sobriety tests.

At 43, Timberlake confessed to the officer that he had consumed a single martini and was following friends home. After his arrest, he was taken to a police station in East Hampton, where he refused a breathalyzer test. The court papers listed his occupation as “professional” and noted his self-employment.

Released without bail on Tuesday morning post-arraignment in Sag Harbor, Timberlake is facing a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, with his next court date set for July 26, as stated by the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

Edward Burke Jr., a local lawyer representing Timberlake, abstained from commenting on Tuesday, except to affirm that Timberlake need not attend his next court date in person. Timberlake’s California-based representatives did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The arrest sparked a wave of curiosity on the village’s idyllic Main Street, drawing crowds who snapped photos in front of the historic municipal building throughout the day.

Even music legend Billy Joel, a resident of Sag Harbor, was seen outside the neighboring American Hotel, a popular venue beside the courthouse where Timberlake had been sighted before his arrest.

“Judge not lest ye be judged,” the “Piano Man” singer remarked to WPIX, opting not to comment further on Timberlake’s predicament.

Timberlake’s career began in his youth on Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club,” performing alongside future stars like Britney Spears, who later became his girlfriend. He catapulted to fame with NSYNC before embarking on a successful solo career in 2002, dominating the pop music scene in the early 2000s.

Celebrated for his adeptness in pop and R&B, Timberlake has delivered Grammy-winning hits such as “Cry Me A River,” “Sexy Back,” “What Goes Around…Comes Around,” and “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” He has graced the Super Bowl halftime show multiple times, including the infamous 2004 incident where he accidentally exposed Janet Jackson’s breast on live television.

This incident resulted in Jackson being banned from the Grammy Awards broadcast the following week. In a 2022 documentary, Jackson clarified that the incident was accidental and that she and Timberlake remained friends.

Timberlake has also enjoyed a successful acting career, earning praise for his roles in films like “The Social Network” and “Friends With Benefits,” and winning four Primetime Emmy Awards.

Recently, Timberlake made headlines when Spears’ memoir, “The Woman in Me,” explored their relationship, unveiling personal details about a pregnancy, abortion, and their painful breakup. In March, Timberlake released his first album in six years, “Everything I Thought It Was,” a return to his hallmark future funk style.

Timberlake is scheduled to perform two shows in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, followed by appearances at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 25 and 26.

Sag Harbor, once a whaling village mentioned in Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick,” lies nestled in the Hamptons, about 100 miles east of New York City. The Hamptons have long been a magnet for the wealthy and famous, with numerous celebrities experiencing legal troubles in the area.

Situated on a bay, Sag Harbor has traditionally maintained a more down-to-earth, “un-Hampton” reputation compared to its oceanfront neighbors, with social gatherings at the Corner Bar instead of exclusive country clubs. The village still retains a five-and-dime store, and the social epicenter remains the quaint mid-19th-century American Hotel.

Notable residents and homeowners in the village have included singer-songwriter Billy Joel, former CNN host Don Lemon, Nobel Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck, feminist author Betty Friedan, and Pulitzer Prize winners Colson Whitehead and Lanford Wilson. Whitehead’s novel “Sag Harbor” is set in the village, particularly in a beachfront community where generations of Black families have vacationed.

In recent years, Sag Harbor has increasingly drawn celebrities, aspirants, and even cruise ships. Upscale restaurants and pricey boutiques have proliferated, elevating property values into the multi-million-dollar range and provoking concerns among longtime residents about traffic, crowds, and the village’s evolving character.

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