Jared Leto sues TMZ after footage of him insulting Taylor Swift leaks online

A video showed Leto saying that he doesn't 'give a fuck' about the pop star

Actor/musician Jared Leto is reportedly suing celebrity gossip website TMZ after being caught insulting Taylor Swift in a video leaked online.

The video in question showed Leto talking about Swift’s ‘1989’ album while it is played on speakers.

“I don’t like this at all – next,” he is heard saying while listening to 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.”

Leto later apologised to Swift, calling her “an incredible example of what’s possible”, but now The Hollywood Reporter claims that Leto is pursuing legal action against TMZ.

In his lawsuit, Leto labelled TMZ’s actions as “an invasion of privacy” and “legally and morally wrong”, claiming that the footage was stolen.

Leto’s suit reportedly states: “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. 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. 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.”

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Meanwhile, Leto recently hinted that he is making new music with his band 30 Seconds To Mars.

The actor and musician, who has recently been filming Suicide Squad alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne, posted a picture of himself in a recording booth behind a microphone in November. The picture was accompanied by the caption: ‘#MarsIsComing’.

The band released their self-titled debut back in 2002, followed by 2005’s ‘A Beautiful Lie’, 2009’s ‘This Is War’ and 2013’s ‘Love Lust Faith + Dreams’.

The band have been largely inactive since touring with Linkin Park during 2014.