Justin Timberlake Defends Take Back The Night Amid Controversy

(Radio.com) Justin Timberlake put out an official statement defending the title of his latest song, "Take Back The Night." The single, which dropped last week and is featured on The 20/20 Experience-2 of 2, shares a title with the Take Back the Night Foundation.

"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 wrote in an official statement obtained by Radio.com today (June 15). "I wanted to take this opportunity to let all know that neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization."

For over 35 years in the United States, Take Back The Night has been focused on eliminating sexual violence in all forms. In the last decade, thousands of colleges and universities have created their own chapters as a way of keeping students protected against sexual violence.

"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," he said. "It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause."

Katie Koestner, Board Director of Take Back The Night, hopes that this debacle will also bring more light to her cause. In an interview with Radio.com today (July 15) following the release of Timberlake's statement, she explained that because the organization trademarked their name back in 1973, entities looking to use the name must check in with them first. more on this story

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