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Sean Parker struggling with public backlash over lavish wedding

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Jun 19, 2013 | 10:43pm EDT

Napster boss Sean Parker and his new bride have been spat at by strangers in the street as part of a public backlash over their lavish forest wedding earlier this month (Jun13). The Internet billionaire, portrayed on the big screen by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network, wed singer Alexandra Lenas in a woodland ceremony in California on 1 June (13). He landed in trouble with local officials over claims he didn't apply for a permit from the environmental agency to erect a stone bridge, dig a pond and build a dancefloor in Big Sur's redwood forest, and the reports have also upset eco-campaigners. Parker insists the backlash from the wedding, which cost a reported $9 million (£5.8 million), became so bad he had to call off his honeymoon to deal with the fallout. In an email to Britain's Guardian newspaper, he writes, "My wife and I should be happy right now, elated to have been married. "Instead we are being spat upon by complete strangers while walking together on the street, cursed at by a waiter in a restaurant who had read bogus media reports about our wedding, and told by complete strangers that we should get our divorce papers ready since our marriage clearly isn't going to last. "Trying to correct every misconception about me would be a losing battle and I would drive myself crazy trying to do it. This situation is different because it relates to one of the most personal and private of moments in life - my wedding." Sting, Emma Watson and Sean Lennon are believed to be among the stars who attended the nuptials.

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