Music producer and rapper Timbaland has apologised for suggesting Justin Timberlake ought to “put a muzzle” on Britney Spears.
Timbaland, 51, was being interviewed at an occasion in entrance of a dwell viewers on the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC on 29 October when he made the feedback.
An viewers member requested concerning the renewed curiosity in Timberlake’s 2002 music Cry Me A River – co-written and produced by Timbaland – which is believed to have been impressed by the previous NSYNC star’s break-up with Spears.
In her new autobiography, Spears wrote that she had an abortion throughout her relationship with Timberlake, that she and Timberlake had cheated on one another, and that the music video for Cry Me A River – which encompasses a Britney look-a-like going off with one other man – made her out to be a “harlot who’d broken the heart of America’s golden boy”.
In a video of the incident that circulated on social media, Timbaland replied to the query: “She going loopy, proper?
“I wanted to call and say, ‘JT, man, you gotta put a muzzle on that girl’.”
The viewers appeared to chuckle at Timbaland however the clip sparked outrage on-line.
He ultimately apologised in a TikTook dwell video on Tuesday night time.
“I apologise to the Britney fans and her,” he stated, studying a remark asking about his angle in the direction of ladies. “Yes, ‘you know about respecting women?’ Hell yeah.”
Spears revealed in her autobiography Woman In Me that she had an abortion throughout her three-year relationship with Timberlake.
“If it had been left up to me alone, I never would have done it,” she wrote. “And yet Justin was so sure that he didn’t want to be a father.”
Spears, 41, was topic to a controversial 13-year authorized conservatorship till 2021.
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Timbaland is without doubt one of the most high-profile producers in R&B and hip hop, and has labored with Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Jay-Z and Lil Kim.
He additionally scored chart hits as an artist with songs together with The Way I Are, Give It To Me, Apologise and Morning After Dark.