Jared Leto is suing TMZ over posting an embarrassing recording studio video depicting his “song writing process.”

Leto is shown on video listening to Taylor Swift songs in an effort to steal her music get some song writing inspiration.



According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s filed a lawsuit against TMZ and parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment after the site featured a video on Monday of the actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars singer critiquing Swift’s music. Leto alleges TMZ knew it was stolen, but published the video anyway. In the clip in question, Leto is seen listening to Swift’s “Welcome to New York,” “Blank Space” and “Style” from her 1989 album, presumably for inspiration, but he also criticized aspects of the songs. At the end of the clip, Leto says, “I mean f**k her, I don’t give a f**k about her, it’s whatever works best for us.” Leto publicly apologized via Twitter on Tuesday, writing, “The truth is I think @TaylorSwift13 is amazing + an incredible example of what’s possible. If I hurt her or her fans my sincerest apologies.” h/t rollingstone

The complaint alleges TMZ obtained the “stolen” footage, promising to pay $2000 to a videographer who told them he didn’t have a legal right to the footage and also refused to sign a document stating that he did.

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