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Sun Sep 21 18:10:10 SAST 2014

Homeless man in video asks for Timberlake's help

Sapa-AFP | 25 December, 2012 12:51
Justin Timberlake. File photo.
Image by: SHANNON STAPLETON / Reuters

A homeless man featured in a mock video produced by a friend of singer and actor Justin Timberlake for the actor's wedding is now asking the actor-singer to him for help.

High-profile lawyer Gloria Allred is publicising the demands of the man, who goes by ‘Eddie’ and who has lived for six or seven years off and on Skid Row, a Los Angeles neighbourhood with a heavy homeless population.

In an open letter, Eddie asked for Timberlake to arrange a meeting with him "very soon" through Allred "so you can understand my situation, and so that we can talk about this situation involving so many others who are homeless."

"I would like to take you on a tour of Skid Row and other places where we the homeless live and talk with you about what you can do to help us," he added.

Allred challenged Timberlake and his friends to "take action to provide meaningful assistance to 'Eddie' and others like him."

"This issue is not just about fans being upset or anyone being offended by a video," she said. "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."

Timberlake posted an open letter in October on his website about the video, in which a string of homeless, transgender and other people wished him best wishes for his wedding that month to actress Jessica Biel in southern Italy.

"I had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely ZERO contribution to it," he said of the video, whose makers are said to include his friend Justin Huchel.

"I think we can all agree that it was distasteful, even though that was not its intention."

The video, initially posted on the Gawker website, has a series of Los Angeles vagrants, street musicians and others talk to camera, sending wishes to Timberlake and Biel for their recent Italian nuptials.

Eddie said Timberlake's letter showed he has a "good heart, but (does) not really understand the situation I face or that (is) faced by the thousands living on the streets of Los Angeles and around the country."

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