Justin Timberlake Remembers Lou Pearlman After Learning of His Passing
Pearlman, who is credited with creating *NSYNC and working with other boy bands such as the Backstreet Boys and O-Town, died in prison on Friday (Aug. 19, 2016) at the age of 62. Despite their tumultuous past, upon learning of his passing, Timberlake took to Twitter to remember the man who arguably catapulted the singer to fame.
“I hope he found some peace,” Timberlake tweeted Sunday (Aug. 21m 2016). “God bless and RIP, Lou Pearlman.”
I hope he found some peace. God bless and RIP, Lou Pearlman.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 21, 2016
Fellow *NSYNC member Lance Bass also took to Twitter to share his condolences. “Word is that #LouPearlman has passed away,” he said. “He might not have been a stand up businessman , but I wouldn’t be doing what I love today wout his influence. RIP Lou.”
Pearlman was serving a 25-year sentence at the time of his death, after being sentenced in May 2008 for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme that lost thousands of investors over a half a billion dollars. In addition to his financial woes, Pearlman was also accused several times of sexual harassment and molestation from former and aspiring clients. In 2014, Pearlman maintained his innocence and denied the claims from prison during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.