Kanye West's lawyers issue warning letter over sex tape
Rapper's legal team say video was stolen and block footage from being shown
It was reported over the weekend (September 22) that a video shot by the hip-hop star and an anonymous woman was being shopped around the internet, with West supposedly 'practically in tears' at the prospect of the x-rated footage being shown to the public.
However, a letter obtained by All Hip Hop from West's lawyer Lisa M Buckley of the legal firm Pryor Cashman stipulates that no images from the tape, which they insist was stolen from West's computer, can be shared online.
Responding to stills from the tape being circulated online, they wrote: "Be advised that the Screen Shot, as well as the Tape from which the Screen Shot was taken, were illegally obtained and believed to have been stolen from Mr West's computer.
"You're posting, advertising, marketing, displaying and otherwise disseminating the stolen Screen Shot and/or other materials on the Tape constitute actionable violations of Mr West's rights of privacy and publicity."
Meanwhile, pornographic company Vivid Video's Steve Hirsch has claimed that the tape could be potentially worth millions of dollars. Hirsch – who also released the notorious tape featuring Kardashian and US actor and musician Ray J – said: ''It depends on the quality of the tape, the length, the lighting, the sex. But something like this could go for a couple of million dollars. I don't think there has ever been a sex tape with a star of this magnitude. Tommy Lee was big, but this is a different world and Kanye is a special guy. He's everywhere.''
West's new compilation album, 'Cruel Summer', was released on September 12 and contains 12 tracks in all and features all the acts signed to West's GOOD Music label including Mr Hudson, 2 Chainz, Kid Cudi, Pusha T and Big Sean. The LP also features guest appearances from R Kelly, who duets with West on the album opener 'To The World', West's 'Watch The Throne' partner Jay-Z, who guests on 'Clique' alongside Big Sean, and John Legend, who appears on the track 'Bliss' alongside Teyana Taylor.