Justin Timberlake pulls Instagram ballot selfie as he escapes punishment

Justin Timberlake has removed a selfie from his Instagram which showed him casting his vote in the US presidential election. The singer had looked to be facing an investigation over the picture which was thought to be against election law, Officials in his home city of Memphis, Tennessee, referenced the 35-year-old’s chart hit as they said they were “thrilled Justin can’t stop the feeling”, but reminded voters to use their phones inside polling booths only to help them vote. However, they have decided not to take any further action.

No one in our office is currently investigating this matter nor will we be using our limited resources to do so

District Attorney General Amy Weirich

In an Instagram post to his 37 million followers on Monday, Justin said he had flown from Los Angeles to Memphis to cast his early vote. He urged his followers in a hashtag-filled post to “choose to have a voice”, explaining that there are “no excuses”. But the state forbids the use of phones to take pictures inside polling stations and is punishable by 30 days in jail or a $50 fine, or both. However, a statement claiming he was under investigation was later withdrawn by Amy Weirich, the district attorney general in Shelby County, saying it was incorrect.

No excuses, my good people!. There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th! Choose to have a voice! If you don’t, then we can’t HEAR YOU! Get out and VOTE! #excerciseyourrighttovote

Justin Timberlake