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In May 2018, Dylan Sprouse hit send on a tweet.
"Yo @JaredLeto now that you've slid into the dm's of every female model aged 18-25, what would you say your success rate is?" the former child star, best known for his time on the Disney channel and his role in Big Daddy shared.
"He starts at 18 on the internet?" replied The Suicide Squad director James Gunn.
That was four years ago, six months since the beginning of Hollywood's #MeToo storm. It barely made a blip, but it was yet another thing to add to an already long list of questionable and disturbing stories surrounding actor and musician Leto.
Yo @JaredLeto now that you’ve slid into the dm’s of every female model aged 18-25, what would you say your success rate is?— Dylan Sprouse (@dylansprouse) May 16, 2018
Before that, there was Gunn's 2015 livestream, in which he made similar claims. And his swiftly deleted 2012 tweet, where he said he was "driving home from Vegas trading stories about what a d*ck Jared Leto is".
There was also the 2005 New York Post article, which opened with the line: "Jared Leto likes 'em young."
There were Tumblr posts with explicit detail. The method acting which involved sending used condoms to co-stars. The cult allegations. The competition his band ran where the prize was being invited to sleep in Leto's bed.
Your familiarity with Leto is probably generational: for some, he will forever be defined by his performance in Requiem for a Dream. Younger people will best recognise him for his more recent roles in major franchises like DC and Marvel. I sit smack bang in the middle: a millennial whose Leto knowledge has mostly been centred around his band Thirty Seconds to Mars, whose penchant for eyeliner and 2005 album A Beautiful Lie arrived just in time for our mid-2000s emo phase.