Kim Kardashian Sues Over Sex Tape
Kim Kardashian filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Vivid Entertainment over the distribution of a sex tape she made with her former boyfriend, R&B singer Willie "Ray J" Norwood.
Kardashian, 26, a pal of Paris Hilton and daughter of O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Kardashian, is asking for unspecified damages, attorney fees and all profits from the sale of the tape, according to the L.A. Superior Court lawsuit.
"This tape, which was made three years ago, and was meant to be something private between myself and my then-boyfriend is extremely hurtful not only to me, but to my family as well," Kardashian said in a statement to PEOPLE. "I am filing legal charges against the company who is distributing this tape since it is being sold completely without my permission or consent."
The video was made during Kardashian's three-year relationship with Ray J, 26, which ended in 2005. Ray J, the brother of singer Brandy, is not named as a defendant, nor is he a plaintiff in the suit.
Vivid Entertainment, a major producer of adult films, said it had purchased the sex tape for $1 million from a third party but did not identify the person or entity. The video will be released in stores and on the Internet Feb. 28.
"We are comfortable that we have the legal right to distribute this video, despite what others may say," says Vivid cochairman Steven Hirsch. "We have been around for 20 years and if we didn't feel comfortable putting it out, we wouldn't. We would like Kim and Ray J to be a part of it and hopefully we can work that out."
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