Jared Leto suing TMZ over Taylor Swift video
Jared Leto is suing TMZ and its parent company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, alleging that the gossip site published a video that it had been warned was stolen.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the video that shows Leto talking smack about some of Taylor Swift’s most recent songs ends with the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman saying, “I mean, f--- her. I don’t give a f--- about her.”
Once the video got out, Leto tweeted this apology: “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.”
Now the actor is taking aim at TMZ for invading his privacy.
“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,” Leto said in a statement.
The suit, filed through Sisyphus Touring, claims that the footage was shot by a videographer retained by Leto. The videographer then sold the footage to TMZ in exchange for $2,000.
“TMZ requested that Videographer sign a document confirming he had the legal right to deliver the Footage,” the complaint says. “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.”
The lawsuit alleges that 15 minutes after the video was posted, the videographer told TMZ, “Do not post the footage. I do not own it. I do not have permission.”
Said Leto, “Regardless of who we are, we should all be able to talk freely in the privacy of our own homes without the fear that our unfiltered thoughts or actions will get broadcast to the world. We have the right to privacy and security and when we don’t have protections in place to safeguard those things, we lose the freedom to speak loudly and clearly — right or wrong — about anything and everything we choose to.”