Take Back the Night, a nonprofit group against sexual abuse, has decided not to press charges against Justin Timberlake, over the singer’s new single, “Take Back The Night,” after Timberlake clarified that he was not aware of the organization’s existence when he titled the song.
Following the release of the song on Friday, the foundation, which also objected to the song's wordings that have sexual connotations, sent a letter to Timberlake threatening legal action for using the organization’s trademarked name.
But, Timberlake soon responded with a statement clarifying that the mix-up was not intentional.
"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," the singer said in a statement cited by Radar Online. "I wanted to take this opportunity to let all know that neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization.”
Timberlake added that he was moved by the organization’s efforts to prevent violence against women, and said his latest song would create more awareness about the cause that the foundation is working for.
“It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause," the singer said.
Although Take Back the Night has been around since 1973, Executive Director Katherine Koestner said the foundation did not have much visibility, and expressed a hope that Timberlake could help change that and further the organization’s cause.
“It is all about making the best of a bad situation and making it a positive one - Take Back The Night is pleased to have the support of Justin Timberlake,” Koestner told the Daily Mail.