According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Thirty Seconds to Mars singer claims his team alerted the site that the personal video had been stolen, and that they had no right to post it on their website.
TMZ reportedly promised to pay $2,000 to the videographer who possessed the video, even though the person told the site they didn't own the rights to it.
"Let's be clear," Jared said in a statement Wednesday. "This was stolen footage. This was an invasion of privacy. And it was both legally and morally wrong."
The leaked video reveals Jared giving a series of critiques, and talking some serious ish. When he gets to "Blank Space," he says that he'd like to "steal" some of the production qualities for himself. He even hits her with a, "f**k her!" #Yikes
Jared must've gotten attacked by Swifties because shortly after the video dropped, he wrote an apology on Twitter saying he thinks Tay is "amazing" and "an incredible example of what's possible."
He then turned his focus on TMZ with the lawsuit, which he says he hopes will stop people from "trafficking" stolen items.
"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," he added. "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."