07/20/2013 10:32 am ET

Justin Timberlake Lawsuit Over 'Take Back The Night' Dropped By Eponymous Organization


Following threats of possible legal action over his new song "Take Back the Night," Justin Timberlake is safe from litigation's way.

The women's-rights group of the same name, responsible for an annual international march that speaks out against rape and sexual violence, has retracted its threats of a lawsuit. Timberlake recently issued a statement saying he was unaware of organization's existence but "moved by its efforts."

"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," Take Back the Night executive director Katherine Koestner writes in a statement via BuzzFeed. "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."

Before removing the organization from the situation, Koestner claimed the song's lyrics are "definitely very sexual and not at all clearly anti-sexual violence." She noted that A-listers like Timberlake tend to support causes like the ones Take Back the Night promotes.

Timberlake's song is the first single from his second "20/20 Experience" album, due Sept. 30.



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