Jared Leto Posts Photo of Severed Ear Sent by Fan (PHOTO)

Jared Leto Artifact After Party At SXSW - P 2013
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Jared Leto Artifact After Party At SXSW - P 2013

UPDATED: The actor and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman says he poked a hole in the body part and strung it on a necklace, but others are saying it's a prop.

A deranged fan sent Jared Leto a severed ear, which the actor and rocker now wears around his neck like jewelry.

Speaking to U.K. radio station Xfm on March 22, Leto, 41, relayed the twisted tale.

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"The fans are an incredibly committed and passionate group of people. Going to a show is kind of like visiting Japan -- you expect gifts on your arrival," he said. "You get all kinds of wonderful things."

He went on: "Someone cut their ear off once and sent it to me. That was very strange. A whole ear. The Van Gogh move. The note just said, 'Are you listening?' I never knew who it was, who's missing their ear out there." 

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"I poked a hole in it and wore it as a necklace!" Leto added.

To prove he was telling the truth, Leto posted a photo of the ear to his Instagram account, with the caption, "Are you listening?"

Leto's band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, has announced that its fourth studio album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, will be released on May 21 through Virgin Records.

Calls to Leto's reps for comment were not immediately answered.

UPDATE: Internet sleuths are arguing the ear in the photo is actually a prop, sold to consumers under the name Bill Oberst Jr.'s Severed Ear.