The Kim Kardashian sex tape drama rolls on.
But this time, it has nothing to do with who set up the contracts; it’s all about the money. TMZ obtained an email from Steven Hirsch, the founder of Vivid Entertainment, the company that distributed the sex tape, in which he revealed how much money the company actually made.
The email, dated May 1, 2007, states that it was a six-figure hit, earning $1,424,646 in its first month of availability. Of course, given that it was 2007, the internet only contributed about $126,000, with DVD purchases accounting for more than $1.2 million.
Kim’s name can clearly be seen as the recipient of the email with a subject that reads “Kim Kardashian Superstar.”
“Hey, guys… here’s the first statement.. 1.4m in sales month 1.. I think that’s pretty good..all backup is available by customer pricing, etc,” Hirsch writes in the email with a spreadsheet attached.
This shows that the original story, in which Vivid obtained the tape from a third party and later leaked it, was most likely false, and that the Kardashians had a hand in its release.
Ray J made similar claims over the weekend on Instagram live, where he went on a rant because Kris Jenner appeared to take a lie detector test and claim she had nothing to do with the tape’s release.
“I don’t know what the f-ck you think this is, but you have f-cked with the wrong person,” he warned. “Period. You did f-cked with the wrong Black man. I was just gonna handle this shit legally, right, and just hit you in court and just get what I deserved from all of y’all being foul and trying to defame me, trying to make me look bad.”
He claimed that there were three sex tapes, and Kris chose to release the one she thought Kim looked best in and that in the end, they both received a $400,000 lump sum and 12.5% of the profits. That would make the three of them business partners, as he stated earlier this year.
“I’ve never leaked anything. I have never leaked a sex tape in my life. It has never been a leak,” Ray J said in an interview with Daily Mail in May. “It’s always been a deal and a partnership between Kris Jenner and Kim and me, and we’ve always been partners since the beginning of this thing.”
Kim and Ray J clearly still don’t see eye to eye on the raunchy video, and with it being released over 15 years ago, we may never know the full truth.