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UPDATE: Justin Timberlake Not Under Investigation for Taking a Selfie While Voting in Tennessee

by Elisa Osegueda 12:51 PM PDT, October 25, 2016
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Justin Timberlake is not being investigated by the Shelby County District Attorney's office -- after reports surfaced that the 35-year-old singer might have broken a Tennessee state law while snapping a photo of himself while voting on Monday.

"The statement released earlier today regarding Justin Timberlake and an investigation was incorrect and was released without my knowledge," wrote Amy Weirich, the District Attorney General in Shelby County, on Twitter on Tuesday. "No one in our office is currently investigating this matter nor will we be using our limited resources to do so."

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On Monday, the "Can't Stop the Feeling!" singer posted a photo of himself while voting in his home state of Tennessee.

"Hey! You! Yeah, YOU! I just flew from LA to Memphis to #rockthevote!!! No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town too," Timberlake wrote on Instagram, along with a photo of himself and his ballot. 

Photo: Instagram

Timberlake, who's an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton, was believed to be under investigation by the Shelby County District Attorney's office for taking that selfie.

"The Shelby County DA's office was made aware of a possible violation of state election law, the matter is under review by our office," an official at the Shelby County DA's office told ET on Tuesday. Weirich has now rescinded that statement.

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Last year, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill that prohibits people from using cell phones to engage in telephone conversations, recording, or taking photographs or videos while inside a polling place. The bill, which does allow for the use of phones for "informational purposes to assist the voter in making election decisions," was passed in an effort to prevent voter fraud.

Under this new law, anyone who doesn't adhere to the regulations could face up to 30 days in jail and a potential fine of $50.

ET has reached out to Timberlake for comment.

Additional reporting by Steven Wilks.

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