Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel Shut Down Divorce Rumors In a Very Powerful Way

Attention tabloids: if you spread lies about Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's marriage, they will sue you. There will be no revenge-fueled song performed on Timberlake's next tour to get back at you, or some heated comments made to the press in your direction. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. You'll just get straight up sued, and you will lose. This is exactly what happened to Irish gossip rag Heat Magazine, whose publisher, Bauer Media Group, lost in a lawsuit on Tuesday filed by the Timberlake and Biel in response to Heat's choice to run a story and some photos that claimed Timberlake had been unfaithful to his wife after one of his performances in Paris. Yikes.

A court statement from a very regretful Bauer Media Group reads:

The story didn't make any waves over here, but it must have made quite the stir when it hit UK newsstands in September with headlines like, "Justin Timberlake Gets Flirty With Another Woman, It’s Not His Wife!” and "The Flirty Photos That Rocked Justin and Jessica’s Marriage."

After seeing the photos, it's suddenly very obvious why the 20/20 Experience singer wanted them taken down — amidst potentially damaging divorce rumors that won't quit circling the pair, he's looking very cozy with someone who is most definitely not Jessica Biel. Regardless, the couple's reps told JustJared.com,

Even if their relationship is hitting a rough spot, Timberlake and Biel went on that cute hike in New Zealand the other day, which probably cleared their heads of all this stuff (and they also probably just laughed about how good looking and talented they are while on top of a mountain, gazing down at all of us peasants, but who knows). Congrats on winning the lawsuit, guys! That'll teach'em.