This doesn’t look good. Justin Timberlake seemed to get extremely flirty with actress Alisha Wainwright during a drunken night out at a bar in New Orleans. At around midnight on Thursday, November 21, Justin was photographed and caught on video holding hands with his Palmer costar on a balcony.
According to photos and video footage obtained by The Sun at The Absinthe House, on Bourbon Street, the 38-year-old pop star appeared extremely intoxicated. The cast was on a break from filming an upcoming movie where he and Alisha play lovers. Justin could be seen sitting on a chair, sipping on drinks and chatting with his female costars.
At the beginning of the clip, the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” crooner and Alisha, 30, seemed to cozy up together as Alisha held a beer bottle in her hand. She stood in front of Justin as he sat behind a table and they laughed, smiled and chatted together.
Then, Alisha sat down in a chair next to the former ‘NSync member and they seemed to get even closer. Though her face was obscured by another man, a hand that seemed to belong to Alisha began to stroke Justin’s knee before it rested at the end of his knee.
“Then he clutched her hand with both of his and was playing with her hands,” an eyewitness told The Sun.
In a separate segment, Alisha stood and chatted with Justin and a blonde mystery woman. That woman leaned in closer to Justin as he spoke, and she held his hand as if to help him stand up. Justin eventually was able to stand up, seemingly stumbling and the women helped him back inside the bar. Justin’s wife, Jessica Biel, was nowhere to be seen in the footage.
The Trolls actor and Jessica, 37, have been married for seven years. They started dating in 2007, shortly after Justin’s split from actress Cameron Diaz. Justin and the former 7th Heaven star briefly split in February 2011, but they got back together in July. By December 2011, they were engaged and they tied the knot in Italy in October 2012. They are parents to a son, 4-year-old Silas.
But shortly after the photos and video started circulating online, a source who was at the bar with Justin and Alisha told Us Weekly that the costars’ relationship is a platonic one.
“Several cast members were there and it was just a cast gathering,” the insider said. “Nothing remotely romantic is going on with Justin and Alisha. The whole cast is shooting out there and like to hang out together. They were very much in public and nothing inappropriate was happening.”
Alisha’s rep also addressed rumors about their outing. “There is no validity to this speculation. They are working on a project together,” read a statement obtained by Us Weekly.