Jared Leto sues TMZ for leaking “Taylor Swift video” – and he’s right to do so

A couple of days ago, I saw this video where Jared Leto was trash-talking Taylor Swift. I didn’t think it was that important, because, within the privacy of his home, he was listening to some of her songs trying to get inspiration before writing his own music.

Obviously, I found disrespectful the way he expressed his opinion towards Swift, saying “I mean, f**k her. I don’t give a f**k about her. It’s about what works best for us.” However, it’s understandable that Leto’s band, 30 Seconds to Mars, have their own style, and he probably meant that searching for inspiration in Swift’s music couldn’t possibly work.

Then again, haven’t we all said harsh words about artists whose music we don’t like? I know I have and anyone who says they haven’t is lying. I believe music can get you that passionate; it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t stand the artist, it’s just that you dislike their work.

The problem here is that those comments were never meant to go public and Leto certainly didn’t want them to; which is why he was quick enough to apologise to Swift via his Twitter account, right after TMZ leaked the clip.

But he didn’t stop there. The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman has now filed a lawsuit against TMZ for leaking the video against his will. Of course, the website has upset celebrities more than once, getting hold of personal footage without their permission.

As reported by the NME, Leto mentions in the suit:

“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.”

He goes on to say, “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.”

I couldn’t agree more. Again, he shouldn’t be proud of the comments in the clip but they are his comments and no one should have the right to make them known to the world if he didn’t want them to! (Plus, he sort of liked Blank Space and Style, so it’s fine by me!)

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