By Jeff Cornell
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman has issued a copyright lawsuit against TMZ and parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment, alleging that the website published the video after being warned that it was stolen.
The now infamous clip shows Leto critiquing various songs off of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album.“Oh, I don’t like this at all. Next,” he said, after hearing the first few bars from the opening song on the album, “Welcome to New York.” Leto also listened to “Blank Space,” which he describes as having a Charli XCX sound, and “Style.”
Even though Leto wasn’t overly impressed, he did seem to appreciate Swift’s meter and pop-friendly time signatures. Still, he doesn’t hold back at the end: “I mean f– her, I don’t give a f— about her. It’s whatever works best for us.”
He later apologized, tweeting out, “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.”
“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,” Leto said in a statement. “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. Let’s be clear. This was stolen footage. This was an invasion of privacy. And it was both legally and morally wrong. 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.”
To read the entire statement click here.