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Justin Timberlake slammed for using anti-rape charity name for sexual single

Francesca Menato
by Francesca Menato Published on 17 July 2013
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Justin Timberlake has come out to apologise for a name clash between his single Take Back The Night and an anti-rape charity foundation with the same name. Despite assurances it was accidental, the charity isn't too impressed - especially given the sexual content of the song's lyrics.

Justin Timberlake has released a statement to address the accidental name clash between his song and an anti-rape charity.

Justin was unaware his single Take Back The Night shared its name with an organisation working with rape victims.

The Take Back The Night Foundation has threatened legal action against the Wireless headliner, alleging that he used their trademark without permission.

JT made a statement to Radar Online: “Upon the release of my new single Take Back The Night, I was made aware of an organisation 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 organisation.”

The foundation's executive director Katie Koestner isn't impressed with Justin's explanation.

She said: “They claimed he’d never heard of us before he wrote that song.

"I don’t know what country he’s been in...

"It’s a big song, and he didn’t take the necessary steps to make sure that it was appropriate.”

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She added: “The lyrics are definitely very sexual and not at all clearly anti-sexual violence. ‘Use me’, for example, is not a great phrase for anyone affiliated with [this] organisation.”

Justin, 32, made a last attempt at styling out his error, saying that he hopes it will bring "more awareness to this cause".

Meanwhile, Justin proved he's a decent guy really when he was in London for the Wireless music festival at the weekend.

The multi-millionaire snubbed the flash hotels in the capital in favour of the Premier Inn in Stratford, which is right by the arena.

A source told The Sun: “We’re having a chilled-out get-together with the guys after the gig - beer, cider, burgers and chips, no frills.

"Justin doesn’t like too much fuss and we’re leaving early to go back to the US anyway.”

Oh JT you really should have given your song a good Google - but we still love you for the classy hotel move.

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by Francesca Menato