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A homeless man who was mocked in a video shown during Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s marriage is demanding an apology from Timberlake and attorney Gloria Allred ready to help in his cause.
The video, which was obtained by Gawker, showed homeless people congratulating the A-list couple on the marriage. “Greetings from Your Hollywood Friends Who Just Couldn't Make It…Featuring Sid, Chuck, Robert, and More!” the video, which was made by Timberlake’s friend, Justin Huchel, was titled.
Although the video was meant to be private, it was posted on Gawker, which did take it down. Timberlake also apologized, writing, “My friends are good people. This was clearly a lapse in judgment which I'm sure no one who is reading this is exempt from. But, I don't believe it was made to be insensitive.”
However, that wasn’t enough for one man who appeared in the video. Known only as Eddie, he and Allred held a press conference in LA’s Skid Row on Monday, reports CNN.
“I just want Justin Timberlake to come and talk to me about the things he can do to help us people that's down and out and that's lost things in our lives and not back on track,” Eddie told reporters.
Allred added, “This issue is not just about fans being upset or anyone being offended by a video...It is about people being down on their luck and in desperate need of help by those who are in a position to provide it. Mr. Timberlake, you, and your friends and others are in a position to provide that help.”
“We're human beings and we need to be noticed and appreciated, just like other people,” Eddie explained. “Not just to take a video of a person and put it in a rich wedding and everybody laugh about it, or whatever, like it was a joke on the homeless people.”
Eddie also spoke out shortly after the video hit the web. “That makes me feel really bad ... that was a trick played on me,” he told TMZ, which reported that he was paid $40 to appear in the video.
Timberlake and Biel married in Italy in October.