Jared Leto files court appeal over video which showed him insulting Taylor Swift

Clip was published by TMZ last year

Jared Leto has filed an appeal over a lawsuit centred around a video of him insulting Taylor Swift.

The clip was published online last year by TMZ and showed the actor and musician talking about the singer disparagingly.

“I don’t like this at all – next,” he is heard saying while listening to ‘1989‘ album opener ‘Welcome To New York’. Leto concluded by saying: “I mean, fuck her, I don’t give a fuck about her. It’s whatever works best for us.”


It was filmed in Leto’s home by videographer Naeem Munaf. Leto filed a copyright infringement lawsuit after it was published, claiming it was “stolen footage”.

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A US District Court Judge recently ruled that because it was filmed on Munaf’s camera and he wasn’t an employee of Leto’s at the time, he could legally do whatever he wanted with it.

But attorneys for Leto filed a notice of appeal yesterday (October 6), reports The Wrap.

“It was wrong of TMZ to purchase stolen goods. It was wrong of TMZ to exploit material that did not belong to them,” Leto said. “Neither myself, nor the employee in question, have any confusion around the issue at hand – he was an employee who was hired to work for us and the footage he shot in the privacy of my home studio was owned by me.”

He added: “We decided to fight back because it was the right thing to do. We will continue to fight because it is the right thing to do. Using antiquated laws to find loopholes that hurt, shame and slander people in the name of ‘news’ isn’t just a legal issue, it is a moral one.”