Justin Timberlake won’t be sued by anti-rape group over ‘Take Back The Night’ single title

Charity Take Back The Night had previous claimed Timberlake used their name 'without permission'

Justin Timberlake won’t face any further legal action from anti-sexual violence charity Take Back The Night over the title of his new single.

After the singer began streaming ‘Take Back The Night’ on July 12, the charity’s executive director Katherine Koestner said her organisation was “really shocked” and revealed: “We sent him a letter Friday (July 12) from our legal counsel saying ‘You used our name without our permission’.”

Timberlake has since responded to Koestner’s comments in a statement released via Radar, saying he only became aware of Take Back The Night and its work upon the release of his single.

“Neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organisation,” Timberlake stated. “As I’ve learned more about the Take Back The Night foundation, I’m moved by its efforts to stop violence against women, create safe communities and encourage respectful relationships for women – something we all should rally around. It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause.”

Koestner has now confirmed that Take Back The Night won’t be taking the issue any further. “At this point, we’re going to bow down gracefully, and accept that fighting this in court probably isn’t the best use of anyone’s time,” she told BuzzFeed.

“It’s best to focus on the mission, and his stated support is important to us. Mostly, it was shocking that an institution that goes back to 1973 went unnoticed by the likes of Justin Timberlake. It shows how much visibility we really need. I think the best possible outcome is that more people know about our cause.”

‘Take Back The Night’ is the first song to be taken from Timberlake’s upcoming album ‘The 20/20 Experience – Part 2’, due out on September 30. It’s his follow-up to ‘The 20/20 Experience’, which was released in March.