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Jared Leto is Suing TMZ Over 'Stolen' Taylor Swift Video

Jared Leto is Suing TMZ Over 'Stolen' Taylor Swift Video

Jared Leto is taking legal action against TMZ and Warner Bros. Entertainment over the video footage of him critiquing Taylor Swift‘s 1989 album.

The 43-year-old Oscar winner and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman claims in a new copyright lawsuit that the website published the video knowing it was stolen.

“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,” Jared says in a statement to THR. “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.”

He continued, “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. 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 footage was apparently filmed back in September and sold to TMZ for $2,000. Jared took to Twitter after the video surfaced to apologize to Taylor‘s fans.

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  • FrenchGirl

    Interesting that he is suing Warner Bros whereas he is their new Joker.

  • Ditzzzy

    I agree with him on that

  • millerz

    I agree with him that he has the right to say whatever he wants, BUT legally whoever filmed the video or takes a picture is the owner. Even if you’re in the picture or in the video the person who took it owns the rights. Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t even own the nude photos that came of her. What Jared should do is take a look at the company he keeps, even though TMZ purchased the video someone SOLD the video to them.

  • Jedaqia

    Yeah, I agree. He have the right to say anything on who or what he don’t like in private. TMZ just cross the line.

  • Erinn Virginia Charles

    blah blah blah…im famous and rich and want privacy..hey maybe chose a career outside of the spotlight..you pompous arse…mad cause the TayTay army descended lol

  • Shivani Yadav

    There is a big ass line which is visible to everyone and TMZ happens to cross it every single time… What Jared is saying here is completely right and to the people who think that he signed up for a career like this, well let me tell you, he signed up for a career which happens to be Acting and Music… Fame is coming along as the free lunch. And even after that he (or any other celebrity) isn’t saying anything. There just happens to be a certain boundary which shouldn’t be crossed.

  • Allure

    He’s sooooo annoying

  • Allure

    He’s sooooo annoying

  • Ditzzzy

    IMO, A person has to give their rights to their image being publicized. Whatever video/picture a person was in that is put out there without their consent or whatever has the right to have their say and to do something about it.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    Hidden camera footage can not be sold.

  • http://notly.ru/ Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    Only $2,000.

  • Jessie

    That is incorrect. According to the law you have the right to privacy when there is an expectation of privacy. It’s why security cameras aren’t allowed in dressing rooms. You can photograph someone on the street, but you can’t attach cameras to your shoes to film up someone’s skirt, because there is an expectation that that area will remain private since the individual made the effort to cover it. If Jared is in his home, on private property, the filmer, would need his legal permission take and use the footage. There is a reason actors, model, and extras have to sign contacts/waivers. It’s not that simple once you’re no longer in public.

  • millerz

    except he knew he was being filmed, a friend took it. TMZ wasn’t there with a hidden camera.

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  • Waterer

    Mr. KGB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But, he is right!!!!

  • Gladys McFibben

    Everyone deserves privacy IN THEIR OWN HOME.. For you to say that famous people don’t even deserve privacy in their houses is disgusting and gross.

  • Shauna

    still doesn’t changed the fact that he said fuck taylor swift it wasn’t much of an apology either. Although he is right about privacy TMZ are the biggest idiots out there, someone needs to shut their ass down.

  • Looking Forward

    lol – sounds like he really didn’t mean what he said right, or just didn’t want people to know what he does think.

  • Looking Forward

    then maybe he should take it up with the person that was filming him.

  • Gladys McFibben

    Not only should he sue TMZ but also the guy who filmed him i do agree with that but that does not negate that he has a right to privacy in his own home and for you to try to down play that with your comment is pretty funny.

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    I am not sure what he is apologizing for … all real musicians have the right to make fun of Taylor Swift as she is a marketing scheme not a musician.

  • Erinn Virginia Charles

    i dont believe TMZ is stupid enough to release stolen footage….they have to much to lose…and we lost our right to privacy honey around the time of the Patriot Act

  • YOMama

    Is she making it trafficking stolen celebrity videos though?

  • YOMama

    Also, he is scared of the repercussions, and the backlash from The Bad Blood Banshees

  • Arrow 12

    Ha Ha he got caught. Too funny…..

  • Erinn Virginia Charles

    maybe dont let random somebodies all in your home and your personal buisness…again you are a celebrity why talk crap about someone else especially when you are being recorded…he is a dummy, and i have no sympathy…its like a Sex tape, everyone will eventually see it..regardless of privacy

  • ThenTheLordMadeYolettie

    Perhaps, this is also cross publicity? I haven’t seen/heard what he says, but why apologize to Taylor’s fans? I highly doubt they share a fan base. Why not just let the video die out? Something is odd……now, off for to see/hear the recording!

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