Tags: justin timberlake | take back the night | song | sue

Justin Timberlake: Take Back the Night Group Won't Sue Over Same-Name Song

Image: Justin Timberlake: Take Back the Night Group Won't Sue Over Same-Name Song

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 04:16 PM

By David Ogul

Pop superstar Justin Timberlake is apologizing to a 40-year-old sexual assault awareness group that has the same name as the title of his R-rated new single.

The Take Back The Night Foundation says it “serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and other forms of sexual violence.”

Editor's Note: Don't Miss These Free Government Giveaways

Timberlake’s new "Take Back The Night" single includes phrases such as “Tonight’s the night, come on, surrender,” and “Use me up until there’s nothing left.”

RadarOnline broke the story that lawyers for the foundation sent a letter to Timberlake letting him know that he used the name without the group’s permission and threatening to take legal action.

The singer subsequently released a statement to RadarOnline apologizing for the mistake.

“Upon the release of my new single 'Take Back The Night,' I was made aware of an organization of the same name called The Take Back The Night Foundation. I wanted to take this opportunity to let all know that neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization. As I’ve learned more about The Take Back The Night Foundation, I’m moved by its efforts to stop violence against women, create safe communities and encourage respectful relationships for women – something we all should rally around. It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause.”

According to a statement obtained by BuzzFeed.com, it looks as though The Take Back The Night Foundation has forgiven Timberlake.

“At this point, we’re going to bow down gracefully, and accept that fighting this in court probably isn’t the best use of anyone’s time,” read the statement from executive director Katherine Koestner. “It’s best to focus on the mission, and his stated support is important to us. Mostly, it was shocking that an institution that goes back to 1973 went unnoticed by the likes of Justin Timberlake. It shows how much visibility we really need. I think the best possible outcome is that more people know about our cause, and that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men are victims of sexual violence in the U.S.”

Urgent: Is Obamacare Hurting Your Wallet? Vote in Poll

Related stories:

Justin Timberlake’s 'Tunnel Vision' Pulled From You Tube For Topless Women

'Gangnam Style' Rapper PSY Takes Tweet Heat for Anti-American Lyrics

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Facebook, Instagram Down: Brief Outage Sparks Twitter Fury

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 14:08 PM

Facebook and Instagram went down for about an hour early Tuesday morning, sending Twitter into a tailspin. . . .

Missing Couple Found? Bodies Discovered Near Abandoned Car in Georgia

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 13:58 PM

Two bodies were found Monday in the search for missing couple Elrey "Bud" Runion, 69, and his wife, June, 66, reported c . . .

Greg Anthony Arrested: CBS Sports Analyst Offers Undercover $80 for Sex

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 13:51 PM

Greg Anthony, a CBS Sports analyst, has been accused of agreeing to pay an undercover officer $80 for sex. . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved