It looks like Jared Leto is far from impressed with TMZ for publishing footage of him speaking less than favorably about Taylor Swift. The 43-year-old is suing the entertainment website, claiming the footage was stolen.
The clip shows Leto, while talking about Taylor Swift, saying:
"I mean f*ck her, I don't give a f*ck about her."
However, the leaked video shouldn't have been released publicly, according to Leto. He claims, although he doesn't want to issue the lawsuit, he's doing so in the hope it will reduce the chance of such incidents occurring again.
In an official statement, he said:
“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."
"My Sincerest Apologies"
Understandably, the Thirty Seconds to Mars singer's negative comments caught most of the press attention, in spite of Leto making flattering comments in the video.
He later Tweeted his apology for any offense caused:
The Oscar winner also added that he believes the video impended his freedom of speech. He said:
"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."
According to the lawsuit, the supplier of the video had claimed they did not own the video and withheld from signing any legal documents around the matter. Leto's case will be based around this matter.
Repercussions of any outcome of the case could be huge. With Leto claiming that his privacy was invaded, and that the content should never have been put online, it could have a resounding impact on the way websites like TMZ report in future.
The lawsuit will without a doubt garner a lot of attention, especially considering Leto is due to star in one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2016, Suicide Squad, where he'll take on the role of the Joker. You can see the trailer below: