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Why Is Jared Leto Apologizing To Taylor Swift?

The Thirty Seconds to Mars singer wants you to know he does not disrespect Tay.

UPDATE (12/9/15): Jared Leto has now filed suit against TMZ, according to The Hollywood Reporter, for copyright infringement, claiming that the site unlawfully published the video which showed him discussing Taylor Swift's 1989 album in-studio.

Reportedly Leto is claiming that TMZ has invaded his privacy and infringed his rights by posting the video.

In a statement, the Oscar-winning actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman said, "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," his statement continues. "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."

The footage, which was recorded on September 8, was purchased by TMZ for $2,000, though the videographer did not sign an acknowledgment of rights to publish and reportedly asked the site not to publish the footage.

PREVIOUSLY: On Monday (Dec. 7), Jared Leto released a public apology note directed at Taylor Swift and her fans, 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."

The Thirty Seconds to Mars singer was responding to a TMZ video of himself and his bandmates chatting in-studio about some of her 1989 tracks, and while he gave her props here and offered up his critiques there, the video ended with him dropping an F-bomb that had Taylor Swift's name attached to it.

The vid was released on Monday, although it had clearly been taken several months back. In it, Leto was getting an earful of Swift's music, and he gave it some earnest critique, comparing certain rhythms to Charlie XCX and Sia. Presumably this listening sesh was meant to learn a thing or two about all her massive successes and/or the landscape of current hits in general.

At the tail end, though, he responded to whoever off-camera said, "when you hear that Taylor Swift song, you don't hear it right" by saying, "I mean, f--k her, I don't give a f--k about her. It's whatever works best for us."

Thing is, there are a lot of people on the Twitterverse who don't really feel that Jared Leto's apology was even necessary in this case.

  • For example, some people note that this was a completely private moment that may have been illicitly recorded and shared, which is unfair to Leto.
  • Other people don't expect Taylor to get upset about this in the first place.
  • Because it was maybe just a throwaway comment that wasn't meant to actually bash Taylor so much as redirect the subject back to 3STM.
  • And others think it's actually pretty endearing that Leto thought she said "Starbucks lovers" in "Blank Space" too.
  • Not to mention, he was into "Style" hard, clearly.

What do you think? Was Jared being, as Tay would say, "Mean"? Is she going to write a song about this? Or is this all going to blow over like the above commentators suggested?