Jared Leto Is Suing Over His ‘F**k Taylor Swift’ Video
The Oscar winner and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman has lodged a new copyright lawsuit against TMZ and its parent company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, for publishing a clip in which he’s seen dissing the “Bad Blood” singer.
“Last Sunday, I was alerted that TMZ had acquired personal and private video footage of me in my home and that they were planning to leak it on their site. My team notified TMZ immediately that I fully owned the footage and that their source had absolutely no rights to sell it. They chose to post it anyway,” Leto 43, says in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “This was stolen footage. This was an invasion of privacy. And it was both legally and morally wrong.”
He continues, “I have chosen to file this lawsuit not because I want to, but in hopes it will encourage more people to stop trafficking in stolen goods, to follow proper legal procedure and so that it may motivate additional consideration for the harm these acts can create, especially when the only intention is to simply further the bottom line for the companies and corporations that commit these acts.”
The actor, through Sisyphus Touring, claims the footage was shot on Sept. 8 by a videographer hired by Leto and his team. According to legal documents, the cameraperson is said to have given the video to TMZ in exchange for $2,000.
The lawsuit claims that TMZ “rushed to publish” the clip and the videographer informed the site that he did not own the proper rights to the video just 15 minutes after the publication went live with the story.
The video in question, which still lives on TMZ’s website, shows Leto listening to Swift’s 1989 album for the first time. At one point in the clips, he comments, “I mean, fuck her, I don’t give a fuck about her. It’s whatever works best for us.”
“TMZ requested that Videographer sign a document confirming he had the legal right to deliver the Footage,” Leto’s complaint reads. “Videographer refused to sign such an acknowledgement. Prior to any broadcast of the Footage, Plaintiff had advised Defendants that the Footage was stolen, and that Defendants were not authorized to disseminate, display, or publish the Footage on the website TMZ.com or at all.”
Since the video came to light, Leto has publicly apologized to Swift, 25, for his actions, writing on his Twitter, “The truth is I think @taylorswift13 is amazing + an incredible example of what’s possible. If I hurt her or her fans my sincerest apologies.”