Following her controversial appearance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, Justin Timberlake has defended Miley Cyrus, saying "What did you expect?"

The We Can't Stop singer caused quite a stir at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York by suggestively 'twerking' with Robin Thicke as he sang Blurred Lines.

In an interview with America radio station 97.1 AMP Radio, Timberlake said: "I'll go easy on Miley, man. She's declaring her womanhood. Let her do her thing, man... I don't have anything to say about that, but she got y'all's attention!

"This was not the Grammys, this was not the Oscars, this was the VMAs.

"This was where Madonna came out in a wedding dress and humped the stage. This is where Britney did the striptease.

"This is where you do it. What did you guys expect?!"

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