Oscar winner Jared Leto has allegedly filed a lawsuit against news website TMZ for leaking a video of him ranting about Taylor Swift and her songs. Leto said that the video was stolen by TMZ and he sued the TMZ bosses on grounds of invasion of privacy. He has also apologised to Swift on Twitter. The video that enraged Swift fans was leaked early December and they wanted Leto to apologise.

“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,” wrote Leto, reports Los Angeles Times.

In the video, Leto was initially praising some of Swift’s tunes but soon appears to be puzzled by the songs. “I mean f*** her, I don’t give a f*** about her,” Leto cursed in the video.

As per court documents obtained by THR, TMZ offered AU$2,770 to the videographer who shot the video at Leto’s house. The actor said that he filed the lawsuit to encourage people to stop trafficking stolen goods. He urged people to consider the harm such things cause.

“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,” said the “30 Seconds To Mars” singer Leto, reports News.com.au.

According legal statements obtained by Stuff.co.nz, Leto wrote that last Sunday, he learned that TMZ was planning to release the stolen video footage on their site. He quickly notified TMZ that the video belonged to him and that the site has no right to invade a person’s privacy. However, the news website chose to publish it anyway. Leto believed that what TMZ has done is both legally and morally wrong.

The court instructs all named defendants, including EHM Productions Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment, to not publish or distribute the leaked video. Moreover, TMZ has to return all copies of the footage along with any profit it has made from the video.

The video is still available online.

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