Ray J and Kim Kardashian’s sex tape was a success right out of the gate, making more than a million bucks in its first six weeks and earning them serious bank.
Fifteen years after its initial unveiling, Kim Kardashian and Ray J’s sex tape continues to generate headlines (and clicks, and ad dollars)
The tape was released on March 14, 2007. Kim filed a lawsuit on February 21, 2007, against Vivid, claiming that she didn’t authorize the release of the tape. That case was dismissed — presumably, it was settled — April 27, 2007. Just 4 days later, Kim got an email from Vivid saying that sales figures for their movie had been posted online.
Ray J said over the weekend, Kim actually signed on from the get-go, and even produced his contract with a list of the sex tapes saying Kim wrote the inventory list. He also produced a letter from her and says it’s the exact same handwriting.
Hirsch has openly talked about the deal in the past, calling it a “difficult deal to get done” because he says Kim truly did not want the tape out.
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Ray J and Kim’s agreement was that each would receive $400,000 plus 12.5% of the profits. These figures are reflected in Hirsch’s email to Kim and Ray J.
Ray J also claimed that Kris Jenner looked at both sex tapes and chose the one where Kim appeared to be in the best shape. Hirsch has maintained that Kris had no role in selling the tape.
“She watched the morherf*ucker and said, ‘hey we’re going to go with the first one cause the first one is better, it gives my daughter a better look than the second one I made y’all do.”
As for the 2 sex tapes, Ray J says one was shot in Cabo and the other in Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara tape has never been released.
Ray J says he has hundreds of other receipts to back up his claim. He went on a tear after Kris took a lie detector test that she says proved she was not involved in the sale of the tape
According to TMZ, “We’ve obtained an email from Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch dated May 1, 2007, in which he informs Kim the tape made $1,424,636.63 in revenue, including the majority, $1,255,578.50, coming from DVD sales.”
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Sources: TMZ, Complex
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