Justin Timberlake is speaking out after being pictured holding hands with costar Alisha Wainwright at a New Orleans bar last month.

The Sun was the first to publish photos of Timberlake getting cozy with Wainwright during their night out in New Orleans, where the castmates are currently filming their upcoming movie. Despite attempts to downplay the scandal as it unfurled, sources told E! News that, in retrospect, Timberlake had started to feel guilty about the embarrassing situation.