ROUND LAKE, Ill. (AP) – Justin Timberlake will or won’t make an appearance at a venue west of Chicago, depending on who’s talking.

Sharky’s Billiards owner Joe Piagentini says a promoter assured him that Timberlake had been paid $25,000 to make an autograph-signing appearance at the bar after a March 13 concert at Rosemont in the Chicago suburbs.

One of Timberlake’s Los Angeles-based lawyers, Gary Stiffelman, issued a statement saying it’s not going to happen.

Stiffelman said he hasn’t discussed a Timberlake visit to Sharky’s with anyone – and he’s never heard of Piagentini.

Piagentini said that the appearance is still a “go.” He said he hasn’t sold any tickets, although they’ve been advertised on some Web sites for $100 a pop.

AP-ES-02-24-07 1424EST

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