Jared Leto has filed a lawsuit against TMZ for posting a video in which he insults Taylor Swift that he says the site had no right to publish.
In the video, Leto can be seen listening to Taylor Swift songs for inspiration to write a hit for his band Thirty Seconds to Mars, but after discussing elements they might incorporate into their music, he says, “F-ck her, I don’t give a f-ck about her, it’s whatever works best for us.” He later apologized in a tweet, writing, “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.”
Leto says the videographer who sold the footage to TMZ for an alleged $2,000 had no right to sell it, and that it was shot inside his home and rightfully belongs to him, The Wrap reports. He says his team alerted TMZ that they did not have a legal right to post the video before they did so, but they proceeded anyway. In a statement accompanying the lawsuit, filed by his Sisyphus Touring company, Leto said he hoped it would “encourage more people to stop trafficking in stolen goods.” TMZ did not immediately respond to The Wrap’s request for comment.