Kanye West's lawyers issue warning letter over sex tape

Rapper's legal team say video was stolen and block footage from being shown

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Kanye West

Kanye West's lawyers have issued a warning letter over a sex tape that allegedly features the rapper cavorting with a lookalike of his girlfriend Kim Kardashian.

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.

Read More On This Artist

Kanye West Merchandise
More News
Taylor Swift ranked among world's most powerful people
Blur to headline Isle Of Wight festival
Kanye West confirmed as producer on Rihanna's 'Bitch Better Have My Money'
Zayn Malik speaks for first time since leaving One Direction: 'I feel like I've let the...
Björk and Arca share free download of New York gig
Public Access TV assure fans of their safety after their New York apartment building collapses
Pentangle's John Renbourn dies, aged 70
The War On Drugs, The Cribs, Palma Violets, Wolf Alice join T In The Park bill
Henry Rollins announces UK spoken word tour
Members of The National, Menomena form supergroup Pfarmers
Gene Simmons accuses 'dishonest' Rolling Stones and U2 of using backing tracks during gigs
Rihanna unveils new single 'Bitch Better Have My Money'
Mumford & Sons to perform on 'Saturday Night Live' in April
Action Bronson performs 'Baby Blue' with Chance The Rapper on 'Letterman' –...
Bassist of Argentine band among dead in Germanwings plane crash
Jamie xx reveals tracklisting for debut solo album 'In Colour'
Physical release of Drake's 'If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late' to feature...
Brian Wilson says that Lana Del Rey 'cancelled' her appearance on his new album
Spotify experiences 1,900 percent rise in One Direction streams following Zayn Malik's...
Laura Marling paints murals of new album artwork at various locations around London
Liam Gallagher reportedly offers child support settlement to mother of his daughter
Run The Jewels and Zack De La Rocha reveal 'Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)' video...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM