Music Icon Defends Young Superstar

( – Music icon Billy Joel has issued a caution to those quick to judge superstar singer and actor Justin Timberlake following the latter’s recent arrest for allegedly driving under the influence in Long Island this week.

“Judge not lest ye be judged,” Joel, aged 75, expressed to PIX11 News, mere hours after 43-year-old Timberlake was detained in Sag Harbor, Long Island.

Joel, known as the “Piano Man,” was interviewed at the American Hotel while dining, the same venue where Timberlake had reportedly been socializing before his arrest.

This upscale establishment is conveniently located near Joel’s Bay Street residence, The New York Post points out in a report.

Timberlake encountered police intervention shortly after midnight on Tuesday, facing additional accusations such as running a stop sign and failing to maintain his lane, according to court filings.

The “Sexy Back” artist, who is currently engaged in a global tour with upcoming performances at Madison Square Garden, informed the officers that he had consumed “one martini, and I followed my friends home.”

He also declined to submit to a Breathalyzer test three times and did not pass a field sobriety test, as per the charging documents.

A patron at the American Hotel reported to The Post that Timberlake appeared “wasted” and even consumed another guest’s drink while the latter was away.

“When [the man] came back, [Timberlake] was drinking his drink. The guy goes, ‘Justin, that’s my drink!'” the source recounted.

Timberlake, father of two with his spouse Jessica Biel, has previously acknowledged his challenges with “excessive drinking.”

This incident is not isolated among celebrities in the remote areas of Long Island. In July 1992, Joel and a commercial fisherman from the East Hampton Baymen’s Association were apprehended for illicitly catching striped bass during a protest against fishing regulations, though the charges were later dropped.

Joel, who sought treatment for alcohol dependency in the early 2000s, also experienced a car accident in 2003 when he collided with a tree in Sag Harbor. He required hospitalization but was neither arrested nor charged for the incident.

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