Justin Timberlake’s ‘Take Back The Night’ Single May Lead To A Lawsuit Over Use Of The Name (UPDATED)

Justin Timberlake may be facing legal action over the name of his new single, “Take Back The Night.” Released Friday, “Take Back The Night” is Timberlake’s first single off of his upcoming follow-up to “The 20/20 Experience.”
The song takes the name of a well-known foundation which “serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.” Take Back The Night “[seeks] to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.” The organization was reportedly not contacted by Timberlake about the use of the term “Take Back The Night.”

According to Radar Online, Take Back The Night is now threatening legal action against Timberlake. “Everyone at Take Back the Night is really shocked, because normally, we get asked when people want to use the name,” Katherine Koestner, Executive Director of Take Back the Night Foundation told the publication. “Normally entities as large as Justin Timberlake do very kind and thoughtful things to support our cause.”

“The lyrics are definitely very sexual and not at all clearly anti-sexual violence,” Koestner added. “‘Use me,’ for example, is not a great phrase for anyone affiliated with the organization.”
For more on Timberlake and Take Back The Night, head over to Radar Online.

UPDATE: Timberlake reportedly gave a statement to Radar about “Take Back The Night.” “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,”Timberlake told the publication. “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.”

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