Alisha Wainwright’s father, Jeff Wainwright, defended his daughter after she was seen holding hands with singer and actor Justin Timberlake at a bar in New Orleans.
“She is in New Orleans doing some work, that is all. They are working on a movie together,” Jeff spoke to the DailyMail on Wednesday, November 27. “I did not make anything of it, really. I am a music producer, so I am used to all the hoopla. This is the business we are in. This is how it goes.”
The 30-year-old actress’ father also added that she, Timberlake’s costar in the upcoming film titled Palmer, is a “free spirit.”
“I cannot be telling you whether or not she is in a relationship or things like that. She is a young lady, 30-years-old, she is living her life and doing what she has gotta do,” Jeff said. “She has always been a big traveler and open-minded.”
“Even if there is something (going on) I would not know. When you are in show business, you separate family from the business,” he continued. “When you are at home with your family, you talk about other things. You don’t talk about this crazy stuff.”
Alisha and the singer, who is married to actress Jessica Biel, were spotted together on the balcony of the Absinthe House on Bourbon Street on Thursday, November 21. The photos taken showed Alisha’s hand resting on the Timberlake’s knee. The singer also didn’t appear to be wearing his wedding ring in the pictures. Though Timberlake hasn’t commented publicly about the scandal, an insider revealed to Us Weekly that the pair are “just friends.”
“Several cast members were there and it was just a cast gathering,” the source told the outlet on Saturday, November 24. “Nothing remotely romantic is going on with Justin and Alisha. The whole cast is shooting out there and like to hang out together. They were very much in public and nothing inappropriate was happening.”