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Timberlake sorry for 'silly' wedding video

Plus: Sean Combs being treated after crash; Schwarzenegger to reprise Conan role; Come Dine with Me coming to Dubai; Cruise sues magazine over daughter story

The singer Justin Timberlake apologized for a video that was insensitive to the plight of the homeless. AP Photo
The singer Justin Timberlake apologized for a video that was insensitive to the plight of the homeless. AP Photo

Justin Timberlake apologised on Friday for a "distasteful" video produced by a friend that critics blasted for making fun of homeless people. The actor posted an open letter on his website about the video, in which a string of homeless people sent best wishes for his recent wedding to Jessica Biel. "I had no knowledge of its existence. I had absolutely zero contribution to it," he said. "I think we can all agree that it was distasteful." The video, initially posted on the Gawker website, has a series of Los Angeles vagrants and street musicians talk to the camera. "Greetings from your Hollywood friends who just couldn't make it," says a caption at one point. Timberlake wrote: "I don't live my life making fun of people, especially those who are less fortunate. On behalf of my friends, family, and associative knuckleheads, I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended." * AFP

Sean 'Diddy' Combs being treated after crash

Sean "Diddy" Combs is being treated for injuries he sustained during a minor car accident in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the 42-year-old rapper-producer says he hurt his neck, ribs and collarbone in the crash. Combs was a passenger in a Cadillac Escalade when a Lexus sedan collided with it. His publicist says doctors are now treating Combs, and he is grateful for the outpouring of fan support following the accident. * AP

Schwarzenegger to reprise Conan role

Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming back - as Conan the Barbarian. Universal Pictures says California's former governor will star in The Legend of Conan, an action film being developed for the actor. The 65-year-old Schwarzenegger starred in two previous films about the mythic hero: 1982's Conan the Barbarian and 1984's Conan the Destroyer. Schwarzenegger told Deadline.com that he loves the character and "is honoured to play him again". * AP

Come Dine with Me coming to Dubai

Fans of the popular British television series, listen up: Come Dine With Me is heading to the UAE. If you fancy yourself as an amateur chef who wouldn't be fazed by the TV cameras, then here's your chance to appear on screen. In the series, four contestants take turns hosting the perfect dinner party for each other. At the end of the week, the most impressive host wins a cash prize. Interested to audition? Email comedinewithme@itv.com. * The National staff

Cruise sues magazine over daughter story

Tom Cruise is suing the publishers of the US magazine Life and Style for US$50 million (Dh184m) over a cover claiming he had abandoned his daughter Suri. The weekly's July 30 issue splashed with the headline "Suri in tears, abandoned by her dad", over a picture of the sobbing 6-year-old. Cruise's lawyer called the magazine's publishers "sleaze peddlers". "Tom doesn't go around suing people. He's not a litigious guy. But when these sleaze peddlers try to make money with disgusting lies, you bet he's going to sue," the lawyer said in a statement. Katie Holmes announced on June 28 that she was filing for divorce to end her five-year marriage to Cruise. Suri lives in New York with her mother, while Cruise gets visiting rights. * AFP