Justin Timberlake apologizes for tweet after backlash

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Justin Timberlake. (Photo: AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake, who praised actor-activist Jesse Williams' moving speech at the BET Awards, has apologized for responding to a tweet claiming he appropriates black culture.

Timberlake tweeted Sunday that he was inspired after Williams spoke passionately about racism and social injustice. A responder tweeted to Timberlake: "Does this mean you're going to stop appropriating our music and culture?"

Timberlake responded: "The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation."

The pop singer said he felt "misunderstood" after some said his response was insensitive. Timberlake ended with: "I apologize to anyone that felt I was out of turn. I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US."

Williams received the humanitarian award at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

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