Jared Leto has claimed he was tear-gassed after accidentally getting caught up in an anti-vaccine protest in Italy.
The 49-year-old is currently in Rome, and found himself in quite a scary situation when he was allegedly tear-gassed after coming across a protest in the city.
The Suicide Squad actor wrote on his Instagram stories: ‘Got caught in a protest in Italy. From what I gather it was about vaccine mandates/green pass.
‘Got teargassed then called it a night.’
Leto posted footage of police arriving as protestors kicked cars and stopped traffic on the streets of Rome.
According to Reuters, the demonstration on Saturday, October 9, was against a government drive to make the Covid-19 Green Pass mandatory for all workers.
While 80% of all Italians over the age of 12 are now fully vaccinated, there has been some pushback to the move, which means from October 15, any worker who fails to present a valid health certificate will be suspended with no pay, but they cannot be sacked.
Around 10,000 people took to the streets on Saturday, with some attempting to reach Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s city centre office and others trying to smash their way into the headquarters of Italy’s main CGIL trade union.
A statement from Draghi’s office on the demonstration said: ‘The right to demonstrate to support one’s ideas can never degenerate into acts of aggression and intimidation.’
Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters.
Leto has quite a busy year again, starting with his band Thirty Seconds To Mars’ return with their collaboration with Illenium, Wouldn’t Change A Thing, which is out later this week.
The Oscar winner will then be seen in the eagerly anticipated House Of Gucci, in which he plays Paolo Gucci with the help of prosthetics and a fat suit.
Leto stars alongside Lady Gaga, Adam Driver and Jeremy Irons in the drama, which depicts the murder of Maurizio Gucci, which was arranged by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani.
Then, Leto’s foray into Sony’s Spider-Man Universe will finally arrive in January 2022, with the much-delayed Morbius scheduled for release.
He will play scientist Michael Morbius, who is afflicted with a form of vampirism and superhuman abilities when he tries a dangerous cure for his rare blood disease.
The superhero film, based on the Marvel comic, also stars Matt Smith, Michael Keaton and Jared Harris.