One Direction Call In Lawyers Over 'Joint' Video
One Direction's lawyers are examining a newly emerged video which appears to show two of the band members joking about smoking an "illegal substance" during their South America tour.
A spokesman for the group told Sky News: "The matter is now in the hands of our lawyers."
No other comment was offered and there has been no official confirmation that the boys who appear in the video are indeed members of the British band.
The video obtained by MailOnline appears to show band members Zayn Malik, 21, and Louis Tomlinson, 22, sharing a rolled up cigarette in the back of a car as they are driven through Peru.
Tomlinson, who appears to be filming but never appears on camera, can be heard saying: "So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!"
Smoke then clouds the shot as the voice says: "I'm trying to blow it to the camera."
The video shows the cigarette being passed to Malik who begins smoking.
At one point Tomlinson, who narrates the five-minute video, asks him: "What do you think about that kind of content?"
Malik replies: "Very controversial".
It is not clear from the video what is inside the cigarette, although the pair can be heard joking about smoking "illegal substances" as a policeman drives past on a motorbike.
As the camera pans to the policeman, the voice behind the camera laughs: "One nil b***h! Look at this b***h! He's having a look. He's thinking, 'I'm sure I can smell an illegal substance in there'. And he's hit the nail on the head."
The video also appears to show Malik and Tomlinson criticising the band's latest book, describing it as "so girly and not cool".
According to the MailOnline, the film was shot on April 27 while the band were en route to perform a concert in Peru's capital Lima.
Fellow band members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan are not seen in the film and are thought to have been travelling in another car.
The film has emerged as the group gear up for the first UK date of their Where We Are Tour.
They are due to play at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland later on Wednesday evening.
Since their debut on ITV's X Factor talent show One Direction has become one of the biggest boy bands on the planet.
Earlier this month they were named the fourth wealthiest musicians in the Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated fortune of £14m each and a combined wealth of £70m.
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