Kanye West turns up the heat on sex tape leaker. The rapper’s legal team has blanketed the sex tape talks with a take-down notice and given a deadline for all involved parties to release the name of the person who leaked the tape.
“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,” wrote Pryor Cashman associate Lisa M. Buckley in a statement obtained by Allhiphop.
The legal team went on to issue other demands, including delivering all copies of the materials and to turn over the name of the person responsible for leaking the tape by Monday’s end.
“We hereby demand that you…disclose in writing by the end of the business day, Monday, September 24, 2012 the identity of the person or persons who have approached you to sell, post, advertise, market publicize, display or otherwise disseminate the Screen Shot or other materials from the Tape which were illegally obtained.”
The sex tape news broke on Friday (Sept. 21), when RadarOnline reported seeing a 20 minute clip of Kanye West having sex with a Kim Kardashian Look-alike. RadarOnline has since removed the offending images.
While it was unclear which outlets were vying for the rights to release the tape, CEO of Vivid Entertainment explained that the tape could be a best seller.
“It depends on the quality of the tape, the length, the lighting, the sex,” Hirsch told CBS Local. ”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 [sex tape] was big, but this is a different world and Kanye is a special guy. He’s everywhere.”
The tape was released in the same week as the rapper’s highly anticipated Cruel Summer album release, which hit stores September 18. He released his own video explaining the album’s backstory.
“One track might just have 30 people’s opinion on it,” he said in the video release. “It’s not just about the track listing and name, it is about a communal style of work. We spend just as much time working on the actual album packaging as [we do] a video concept or a song. Everything is equally important.” —Erik Parker, CBS Local