Jared Leto alleged that he was teargassed by riot police in Rome, Italy, this weekend. Abroad with his rock band, 30 Seconds to Mars, the actor-singer found himself accidentally stuck in an anti-Covid pass protest. During the skirmish, police dressed in riot gear assumed that he was one of the violent protestors and confronted him.
“Got caught in a protest in Italy,” the 49-year-old star posted on his since-expired Instagram story. “From what I gather it was about vaccine mandates / green pass. Got tear gassed then called it a night.”
In video of the event, which Jared Leto later shared, large crowds were seen scattering as people sat on the sidewalks nursing bloodied head wounds. Many were unafraid of the police, with one woman even standing in front of the oncoming police brigade before being pushed aside. Over 10,000 people were said to have been at the protest.
“Omg Jared Leto seriously be careful out there!” one commenter wrote, as fans scrambled to find out what happened in Rome.
According to The Guardian, protests broke out in Rome after Prime Minister Mario Draghi ordered all citizens to get what he called a “green pass,” which would allow access to public places such as stadiums, museums, movie theaters, gyms, and indoor dining. The pass would be available to anyone who has had at least one dose of the vaccine, or proof that they have not tested positive within the last 48 hours.
The protests on Saturday, which were mainly led by a far-right neo-fascist group, Forza Nuova (“New Force”), erupted in violence as people with metal bars smashed their way into Italy’s oldest trade union building offices. Comparing the attack to the Capital insurgency in the U.S., many politicians in Rome called for the political party to be dissolved completely.
Sharing the attack Monday morning, Jared Leto seemed to be unharmed besides getting momentarily teargassed. In videos he posted of the event, the actor appeared to get as close to the action as he could. In one clip, dozens of riot police pass him as tear gas feels the intersection. “I gotta get out of here,” Jared can be heard saying.
Jared Leto’s vaccination status has not been made public, but it seemed to be that Leto accidentally found himself trapped in the ensuing protest, not that he actively attended. He was wearing a mask the entire time he was filming and has been very pro-mask even at high profile events.
In a viral post from a New York Fashion Week (NYFW) show just this past month, a masked Jared Leto was pictured comically smushed between Peter Berg and Larry David, who were conversing as if the star was not sitting between them at all.
He was also spotted completely covered in New York City with a neon green full-head mask. He wore a hat on top of the head covering, as well as sunglasses that poked through the eye holes. Photos shared on his Instagram are very pro-mask as well.
The method actor, who is currently gearing up for his role as WeWork CEO Adam Neumann in the television series WeCrashed, is usually quite private. The videos of the Italian protests were very unlike Jared Leto to share.
Jared Leto will soon be featured in House of Gucci, a Ridley Scott-directed film on the assassination of fashion house head Maurizio Gucci. Adam Driver will play Maurizio, alongside an all-star cast of Jared Leto, Lady Gaga, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino. House of Gucci will be out on Nov. 24, and WeCrashed just wrapped up filming.
Morbius, a Spider-Man spinoff film focused on one of his vampiric enemies, will also feature Jared Leto as the lead, set to be released on Jan. 28, 2022.