The star pulls out of presenting a tribute to the label amid reports that black activists were furious he was hired in the first place...

Justin Timberlake has found himself at the centre of a new drama after pulling out of a MOTOWN TV special.

Just weeks after the infamous Janet Jackson ‘wardrobe malfunction’ incident, Justin Timberlake has pulled out of a planned ‘Motown 45’ special for ABC, which he was due to co-present with Lionel Richie.

Justin Timberlake had to pull out because it clashed with filming for his movie debut ‘Edison’, according to official sources.

Yet, according to E! Online, the decision to cast him caused consternation among black activists, with Project Islamic HOPE’s executive director Najee Ali saying in a statement earlier this week: “The selection of Justin Timberlake as co-host of this Motown special is a cultural insult to the black community. This special, celebrating the success of the legendary music label, should not be compromised in the pursuit of a crossover audience.”

Justin Timberlake is expected to star in ‘Edison’ alongside Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and LL Cool J.