On Monday (10Aug15), documents from a routine examination carried out by officials at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene last month (Jul15) surfaced, and according to the department's records, the place received four violations.

One was a citation for mice activity while another suggested an area of the kitchen which comes in contact with food was not being properly sanitised.

But on Tuesday (11Aug15), Timberlake, who opened the Southern-style barbecue eatery in 2007 with business partners Trace Ayala and Eytan Sugarma, attempted to silence the reports by reposting a photo from Southern Hospitality's official Twitter account, which showed a snap of the eatery's top A rating.

An accompanying caption read, "'And that's all I have to say about that...' - Forrest Gump."

Timberlake also added his own response which was comprised entirely of emojis, featuring a golden trophy, two exclamation points, and several faces laughing with tears of joy.