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Justin Timberlake is facing the wrath of Britney Spears’ fans and the public for his “disgusting” treatment of the singer during her peak years in the music industry.
The singer appears in “Framing Britney Spears,” a special that examines the “Baby One More Time” star’s career and the #FreeBritney movement that campaigns against her ongoing conservatorship.
The documentary, which has alerted viewers and celebs alike to Spears’ plight, explores the pop star’s ongoing battle with her father, Jamie Spears, over the control that the conservatorship gives him over every aspect of her life, from her business decisions to her family.
After its premiere earlier this week, many viewers expressed their support for Spears and contempt for how she was treated by the media as well as her friends and family in the wake of her success.
One part of the brand new documentary focuses on the shocking aftermath of allegations that Spears cheated on Timberlake, with whom she was in a highly publicised relationship at the time, as per The Independent.
Spears found herself at the centre of a smear campaign by the world’s media, which Timberlake fuelled with his music video for “Cry Me a River.”
The video shows Timberlake catching a woman, who resembles Spears, cheating on him.
“Justin sacrificed Britney's image on the public altar to promote himself by implying that she cheated,” one viewer wrote, with another adding: “Never liked Justin Timberlake and #FramingBritneySpears proved my intuition was always right.”
Another chimed in saying, "Beyond showing how impossibly horrible ‘the media’ was to Britney Spears in the 00s, I’m glad that the doc begins to reckon with the idea of how much of Justin Timberlake’s career in the aughts came at the expense of women like Britney.”
Many viewers have urged Timberlake to issue an apology to Spears.
Now Spear's boyfriend Sam Asghari, who she has been dating since 2016, has broken his silence following the documentary.
In a statement to People, Asghari, 27, said: “I have always wanted nothing but the best for my better half and will continue to support her following her dreams and creating the future she wants and deserves."
The personal trainer continued: “I am thankful for all of the love and support she is receiving from her fans all over the world, and I am looking forward to a normal, amazing future together.”
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