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By Janet Jackson The former costume stylist who put together the suit for the artist who somehow derailed her career is speaking out about the incident for the first time.
Seventeen years after the viral moment, in an interview with Access Hollywood, Wayne Scott Lukas explained how he dressed the now 55-year-old pop star in a sexy black ensemble for his 2004 Super Bowl halftime performance alongside Justin Timberlake who At the end of her “Rock Your Body” performance, she ripped off part of Janet’s top that revealed her right breast for a brief moment.
“I was working on commission. They hired me to do a job. I did exactly what I was supposed to do, “the former stylist told A.Hollywood access.
He continued: “If I work with someone who is a dancer, you have to be able to dance in a closet, and it should never fall apart. My job is to have snaps, pins, and velcro so that even on your quick change, if you forget to break something, it stays. That’s my job. I stand 100 percent behind my story that I did exactly what I was supposed to do, what I was hired to do. “
“And if I ever hurt my friend, I wouldn’t have worked with Janet for six years after the Super Bowl,” he added. “They would have fired me that day.”
However, when it comes to Timberlake, Lukas said things are definitely far from easy as the former N’Sync star blamed him for the “malfunction.” “We haven’t spoken since he blamed me,” Lukas said. “He came off stage and said, ‘It’s just a little flaw in the costumes. We all want to give you something to [talk] upon.'”
He continued, “And when he said that, I thought, ‘Friendship is over. Friendship over! Wardrobe malfunction? It did not work badly. I was a professional stylist, [charging] $ 10,000 a day back then. I can not fail! Why did you say that?'”
Lukas said the show’s producers didn’t cut the moment fast enough, explaining that viewers were never supposed to see a moment when a body part was exposed. “You were never supposed to see a movement where a chest was out, a body part was out. You were never supposed to linger so long on something they say was such a terrible thing. They were supposed to cut to black. You were supposed to get the idea from ‘I’m going to have you naked at the end of this song’. No one was supposed to be naked. “
He also revealed that everyone had a pre-recorded dress rehearsal, “Nobody knows this. Are you ready for this? When you do the [halftime show]This is the secret, you shoot him twice, ”he revealed. “You record the performance twice because the first time you record it, you record it in case the satellite goes down and they have to go to the original rehearsal.”
“So they had a second performance the moment it happened, they could have pushed the button and cut the tape,” he said. “And they didn’t.”
In response to the Luckas’ statement, former MTV producer Salli Frattini, who worked on the halftime show, said: “This is a false statement based on all my previously written and now aired comments.”
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