30/05/2014 05:28 BST | Updated 30/05/2014 05:59 BST

One Direction 'Joint' Video: Lawyers Called To Find Out How Zayn Malik And Louis Tomlinson Smoking Video Leaked

One Direction have reportedly got their lawyers involved to find out how a private video which appears to show band members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking a joint was leaked to the press.

Earlier this week, a video emerged on the Internet showing the boys on tour in Peru, bragging about the rolled up cigarette they were smoking which Louis refers to as a "joint", with many of the group’s fans expressing how disappointed they were at the thought that they may have been using drugs.

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One Direction at the Brit Awards earlier this year

According to reports, the group are now determined to find out how the video - believed to be recorded by Louis using Google Glass - leaked online in the first place.

A source close to One Direction told The Mirror: “The boys insist the footage has been stolen from them and are not happy.

"They want to get the video removed and to draw a line under the incident and move on.”

A statement from the band’s spokesperson also confirmed earlier this week: “The matter is now in the hands of our lawyers.”

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Louis and Zayn, who appear in the footage, performing with 1D in New York

The boys didn’t acknowledge the controversy during their gig at Sunderland’s Stadium Of Light the night after the video surfaced, though band member Liam Payne did send out a tweet before the concert asking for someone to help him “restore the sanity”.

Meanwhile, the footage has also caused controversy for a whole other reason, as during the 5-minute clip it’s alleged that Louis can be heard using a shortened racial slur.

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