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Liam Payne apologises for One Direction stars over 'drug' video

(Left to right) Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne Photo: PA

Liam Payne has apologised on behalf of his One Direction bandmates after two of the singers were caught on video appearing to be smoking marijuana earlier this week.

In a statement posted on his Twitter page, the One Direction star confessed that the group have gone sideways.

Published on the Daily Mail website, the video, apparently filmed by singer Louis Tomlinson, shows him passing the rolled-up cigarette to bandmate Zayn Malik, 21.

Lawyers for the band threatened legal action against the Mail Online after the publication of what they said was a "stolen" video. The Mail website has been accused of breaching the privacy and copyright of band members Tomlinson and Malik. A notice sent by Lee and Thompson LLP to news organisations said:

This video is a private ‘home’ video (filmed in a private vehicle) which has been stolen and the copyright in which is owned by our client Louis Tomlinson.

Any publication of the video is unauthorised and unlawful and legal steps are being taken against the parties involved.

Tickets were being offloaded for as low as £15, more than half their face value, which Viagogo said follows a similar pattern after other pop acts made negative headlines.

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