’s notorious sex tape with former boyfriend Ray J made more than a million dollars in revenue within its first six weeks of release, according to newly published financial records.
Ray J has sparked a feud with Kardashian, who he dated more than 15-years ago, and her mother and business manager by claiming Jenner oversaw its release with adult film production company Vivid Entertainment.
And documents exclusively obtained by suggest the film made an extraordinary amount of money over a comparatively short period of time following its distribution in 2007.
Not bad: Kim Kardashian’s notorious sex tape with former boyfriend Ray J made more than a million dollars in revenue within its first six weeks of release, according to financial records
An email to Kardashian, purportedly from Vivid Entertainment CEO Steve Hirsch, claims the explicit tape raked in $1,424,636.63 in revenue, including $1,255,578.50, from DVD sales.
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Dated April 31, 2007, the correspondence would appear to have been sent just two months after Kardashian filed a lawsuit opposing its release on February 21.
Kim and Ray J previously signed an agreement with Vivid regarding their sex tape, and following the reality star’s lawsuit, she and Ray J reluctantly agreed to release it.
Vivid’s Steve Hirsch has also openly discussed the deal in the past, calling it a ‚difficult deal to get done‘ because Kim did not want the tape out.
The tape, reportedly shot in Cabo San Lucas, was subsequently released by Vivid Entertainment on March 14, with Kardashian’s lawsuit dismissed on April 27 – just four days before she was informed of its sales figures.
In the money: An email to Kardashian, purportedly from Vivid Entertainment CEO Steve Hirsch, claims the explicit tape raked in $1,424,636.63 in revenue
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Ray J also previously said that the deal him and Kim made was that they would each receive $400,000 for the tape plus 12.5% of the profits, figures which are reflected in Hirsch’s email.
Hirsch also maintains that Kris had no role in selling the tape.
The 41-year-old musical artist said that mother and manager Jenner, 66, watched the three sex tapes and decided to release one which was shot at a resort in Cabo San Lucas, , though it’s thought that Kris‘ signature did not appear in the contract.
Ray J, whose real name is William Ray Norwood Jr., said that two of the adult movies were shot in Cabo San Lucas, and one was filmed in Santa Barbara, .
In a bombshell interview with , Ray J claimed the infamous sex tape was ‚released like an album‘ by Kardashian herself – who also kept the only copy of it stashed in a Nike shobox under her bed along with other steamy tapes she made with him.
The latest: Ray J, 41, says that Kris Jenner selected one of three sex tapes he shot with Kim Kardashian for release. He was snapped in LA this past June
In an Instagram Live clip that extended 44 minutes, Ray J said that Jenner worked on preparing the tape for release with Vivid Video, and that Kardashian was in the loop on all stages of the business transaction.
He added that Kardashian’s handwriting was on the contract with the adult film company describing the sex tapes.
Jenner eventually picked one of the tapes filmed in Cabo San Lucas based on which made Kardashian look the best, Ray J said.
Jenner has denied any involvement in the release of the tape, which boosted the family’s high-profile, eventually leading to unprecedented success in reality TV, and paving the path toward its marketing empire.
Jenner recently passed a test on The Late Late Show, as a polygrapher said she was truthful in saying she did not arrange for the release of the sex tape.
Cabo intro, Cabo sex, Santa Barbara: On the page listing the deliverables [what they were selling] of the contract, Ray claims it was Kim who personally handwrote the list of the three tapes because she wanted to speed along the process for him
Test: Jenner recently passed a test on The Late Late Show, as a polygrapher said she was truthful in saying she did not arrange for the release of the sex tape
Doubling down: Ray J uploaded a series of videos on his Instagram earlier on Saturday doubling down on claims that Kris Jenner was involved in releasing his and Kim Kardashian’s sex tape in 2007
On Saturday night, Ray released a sharing numerous Instagram DMs he exchanged with Kim, 41, in April.
‚You know what we did! Your mom controlled this whole sex tape deal with Joe Francis and [Vivid CEO] Steve Hirsch – it was her idea to put out the tape with Vivid. All I did was agree,‘ Ray wrote on April 14.
‚Now you want to make it seem like I’m doing it again without your control. All those fake tears. Your fans trusting you to be honest and sincere but it’s all fake for the cameras. I was playing my part until you started doing all of this!
‚What are you trying to ruin me when you know I was just a player in this! You have to stop believing you own lies! I have to let the world know the real [because] you’ve taken it too far now. Somebody needs to explain the play you are doing to me ASAP or I will have no choice but to protect my brand and family and expose real.‘
Kardashian replied that she didn’t say a single bad thing about him in the episode, which depicted the ’new footage‘ that was allegedly going to be leaked by Ray’s manager Wack 100.
‚My soul hurts‘: On Saturday night, the younger brother of Brandy Norwood released a 44-minute video sharing numerous Instagram DMs he exchanged with the 41-year-old SKIMS CEO in April
‚Your manager threatened to release another tape that doesn’t exist‘: Kim first wrote that she didn’t say a single bad thing about him in the episode, which depicted the ’new footage‘ that was allegedly going to be leaked by Ray’s manager Wack 100
Kardashian wrote: ‚It was upsetting to have to deal with and I am sure can understand how that feels. My ‚burn them to the ground‘ comment was a generalization to anyone threatening to hold this over my head 20 years later. We are both parents now with young kids and careers and I’m sure you want to move on from this just like I do. But your manager is the person who brought this all up out of nowhere and I have a right to share how it affected me. ‚Next week’s episode airs where Kanye brings me the computer and he says he got back from you, which shows you in a positive light for giving that to him. Thank you for doing that. Just spoke with my team. We will get something out tomorrow morning to clarify that this was a joke and that you would never gave done something like this. Hope this helps and I’m sorry [too]‘
‚The show filmed in real time the day in hell that I had with my lawyers when your manager threatened to release another tape that doesn’t exist – and my son who was five years old at the time seeing an ad with my cry face emoji that said ‚Kim’s new sex tape‘ as click bate in Roblox,‘ Kardashian wrote.
‚It was upsetting to have to deal with and I am sure can understand how that feels. My ‚burn them to the ground‘ comment was a generalization to anyone threatening to hold this over my head 20 years later. We are both parents now with young kids and careers and I’m sure you want to move on from this just like I do. But your manager is the person who brought this all up out of nowhere and I have a right to share how it affected me.
‚Next week’s episode airs where Kanye brings me the computer and he says he got back from you, which shows you in a positive light for giving that to him. Thank you for doing that. Just spoke with my team. We will get something out tomorrow morning to clarify that this was a joke and that you would never gave done something like this. Hope this helps and I’m sorry [too].‘
The College Hill: Celebrity Edition star replied that he felt like ‚everyone wins but me‘ because he’s the ‚bad guy every time.‘
The College Hill: Celebrity Edition star explained that the narrative Kim was pushing was ‚extremely confusing‘ for the public and she replied: ‚Because you grew up and have a family and people change their minds‘
‚Trust me it will all go away‘: Ray emphasized that he hadn’t spoken to Kardashian on the phone or seen her in 12-15 years and wished they could be speaking in person and she replied ‚absolutely‘
‚That was, like, some gothic dark s***, dawg‘: Ray then watched the episode where her estranged third husband Kanye West retrieved the sex tape laptop and told Kim he’d ’never let them extort us again‘
‚I’m tired of playing that role as the villain. I did it for us in the beginning but now without your support it f***s me over bad,‘ he wrote.
The Kardashians star replied: ‚Wow I had no idea that that was supposed to be private. I was filming my normal days and that just happened and I had no clue and I actually thought you and Wack were working together [because] on his [Instagram] it says he’s your manager in his bio.
‚So this entire time I thought [you were] working together and I was so confused at the statement you put out saying [you had] nothing to do with it. I just think that story above is powerful and [shows] that we are working together for the future of our children and families to get this out of the Internet.‘
Ray responded: ‚But are we really trying to do it? Steve won’t allow it – so we can pretend to do that but it still probably won’t happen. Plus, won’t people say, ‚Why is Ray J trying to get it off the Internet when I’m the one who put it out in their minds? Doesn’t it get extremely confusing?‘
Ray replied that he never leaked anything, she and her momager Kris Jenner did: ‚I’m watching you cry about something you put out – and it’s not even real tears. How can you cry about something you put out?‘
Kardashian continued: ‚Because you grew up and have a family and people change their minds. Let my call the team one sec. I just wanted to be clear with you if you wanted it out there that we spoke. I don’t want to create any drama at home. But the story that we will work together to speak to Vivid to get it pulled off the air is a bigger story and [shows] unity and that there’s no more bad blood or drama.‘
Ray emphasized that he hadn’t spoken to Kardashian on the phone or seen her in 12-15 years and wished they could be speaking in person.
‚I appreciate you for at least trying to make it better after it got way worse. Can we speak again tomorrow after the episode comes out? And figure out the right plan for both of us moving forward?‘ he asked.
The aspiring lawyer replied: ‚Absolutely! If it’s better that it just goes away that’s fine too. Trust me it will all go away. Please understand I didn’t want this to come back up and thought you did since Wack said he got it from you. Let’s discuss tomorrow for sure. Either way it will be positive.‘
‚I got 12.5%. Kim got 12.5%‘: At this point, Ray showed his original sex tape contract, which stipulated that they both received $400K
Ray then watched the episode where her estranged third husband Kanye West retrieved the sex tape laptop and told Kardashian he’d ’never let them extort us again.‘
‚And I’m like, ‚Thank you. That’s the thanks I get?’…All of a sudden they, like, play a n****. That was, like, some gothic dark s***, dawg,‘ the Celebrity Big Brother alum said in the video.
‚I’m just showing you all this because I’m putting this all out for my kids. I’m tired of playing games. I don’t give a f***. I’m not that n**** that they say I am. I’ve never been, dawg. I’m tired of motherf***ers thinking that ‚It’s just this bad little thing in the past you did, but it’s okay and we’ll look the other way.‘
‚Nah, we ain’t looking the other way. F*** that. As long as my name cleared, everybody getting sued because they all motherf***ing putting out fake stories. Look, so I see this s*** and I’m like, ‚Y’all wanna play games with me? Ok let’s play.“
Receipts: Ray shared a handwritten note he received from ‚Kimmie‘ to compare with the list of deliverables he claimed she wrote out herself, and alleged that he had the note scanned for fingerprints that matched the contract
Compare it for yourself: Here is another sample of Kim Kardashian’s handwriting from one of her 2019 papers for her law studies
Christmas family portrait: Ray – who owns a wireless audio brand called Raycon – said he’s telling all for the sake of his four-year-old daughter Melody and two-year-old son Epik from his four-year marriage to Princess Love, which ended in 2020
After Ray wrote that DM on April 28, Kim’s texts went from cordial to combative.
‚What are you talking about? I’m not gonna take this s*** from you threatening me. Do whatever the f*** you wanna do,‘ Kardashian wrote.
‚You told me don’t do anything and wait for the episode to come out. So I did just that and haven’t seen on story about it! I could have tried to control the narrative but you said wait and so [I] followed your lead. So don’t come at me when your manager put this footage out and was leaking clips to geet press. I didn’t start this! Do whatever [you] want to me. I don’t care anymore.‘
Ray replied that he never leaked anything, she and Jenner did.
‚Imma let them see‘: The TV personality stated in his clip on Instagram that he will be ‚going through receipts tonight‘
Detailed caption: Ray J wrote out a long rant attached to his clip, stating that it is the ‚biggest rant of my life to clear my name…‘
‚And now you wanna try and tear black men down and kill careers with all your lies you and your mom are doing! [Shaking my head] – do whatever I want to you? No look at what you’ve done to me!‘ Ray wrote.
‚Why are you such a liar? I would think you would slow it down after you lied your way to fame. I’m watching you cry about something you put out – and it’s not even real tears. How can you cry about something you put out? Joe Francis and [your] mo are the real players in this! You’ve defamed my name and tried to kill my career but God didn’t allow you to. Now you trying to do it again. I’m ashamed of myself for letting you do this to me for so long. You can never deny what you did.‘
At this point, Ray showed his original sex tape contract, which stipulated that they both received $400K.
‚There’s no way I could use Kim Kardashian’s name in this contract if she wasn’t a part of it, right?‘ he said.
‚Expose‘: The singer shared another post on his Instagram, calling the man behind the lie detector test a ‚fraud‘ and wrote, ‚ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!‘
Release: Ray J recently claimed that Kris, ‚masterminded‘ the release of his and Kim’s 2002 sex tape
‚I got 12.5%. Kim got 12.5%. She’s got the same exact contract as I got so when we go to court, guess what? They gotta pull that up because we gotta see that.‘
On the page listing the deliverables [what they were selling] of the contract, Ray claims it was Kardashian who personally handwrote the list of the three tapes because she wanted to speed along the process for him.
Ray also alleged that he had the note scanned for fingerprints that supposedly matched the fingerprints on the contract.
The handwriting does, in fact, look similar to past samples of her handwriting on papers from her law studies.
Alleged messages: In another 30 minute video he shared on Instagram on Saturday, Ray J claimed Kanye West, Kim’s ex-husband, asked for the tapes via direct messages
Ready to sue: In his longer video, the star was heard saying he ‚wants to sue‘ not only Kris Jenner, but also ‚every network‘
Ray – who owns a wireless audio brand called Raycon – said he’s telling all for the sake of his four-year-old daughter Melody and two-year-old son Epik from his four-year marriage to Princess Love, which ended in 2020.
The TV personality previously a short, black and white clip, where he was heatedly heard saying, ‚You have f***ed with the wrong person.‘
He then went on to say, ‚I was just gonna handle this s**t legally and just hit you in court and get what I deserve from all of y’all being foul and trying to defame me, trying to make me look bad.‘
The star concluded his short reel by calling out to Jenner and Kardashian that, ‚We are going through receipts tonight,‘ adding, ‚Everything that I got, Imma let them see.‘
Other claims: In a caption to his post from Saturday, Ray J alleged that both Kim and Kris ’stole‘ money from his ‚mom and sister‘
Denial: While taking a lie detector test on The Late Late how With James Cordon on Thursday, Kris denied that she ‚helped‘ release Ray J and Kim’s infamous sex tape; the two seen at the 2022 Met Gala together
Ray J added an extensive rant in the caption of the clip in order to ‚clear my name‘ and emphasized that ‚this is for my kids.‘
Ray J began his statement by clearly expressing that both Jenner and Kardashian have messed with the wrong person, and stated that the two allegedly ’stole‘ money from his family.
‚AND NOW ITS ABOUT TO BE A EASY WIN ON YOU DEVILS AND CON-ARTIST — YOU STOLE ALL THAT MONEY FROM MY MOM AND SISTER — OVER 800k and YOU HAD TO PAY IT BACK BECAUSE YOU WERE GUILTY AND THE JUDGE ORDERED IT!! —- YOU TRIED TO TO BURY THAT JUST LIKE YOUR TRYING TO BURY ME!!‘
He then referenced to John Grogan, who was the individual working behind the lie detector machine, on James Cordon’s late night talk show.
After Jenner said she did not assist in the release of the sex tape, John concluded that she was telling the truth.
His claims: It comes after Ray J claimed Kris ‚masterminded‘ the release of his and Kim’s sex tape, told ‚false stories‘ about him, and tried to ‚ruin‘ his family
For his kids: At the end of his fiery rant on his Instagram video on Saturday, emotional he concluded by saying, ‚This is for my kids‘
‚John Grogan is a fake. He is not a polygraph examiner. He is quite accurately known as the polygraph parasite. He’s been convicted of twenty-six counts of fraud and had his P.I. license pulled from him, and he simply became a world-known polygraph examiner,‘ Ray J typed.
The singer added in all caps, ‚THIS IS THE DUDE KRIS JENNER HAD TAKEN HER LIE DETECTOR TEST TO MAKE ME LOOK LIKE A LIAR! AND WHATS MORE SAD IS THE NETWORK ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN!!‘
After sharing the clip, he uploaded a separate post, where he specifically focused on John and claimed he was a ‚fraud,‘ while adding, ‚Nothing can stop the RAIN KIM!! NO NO NO KIM!! NO NO NO KIM!! — ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!— WAIT TILL THEY SEE YOUR HANDWRITING AND FINGERPRINTS ON MY CANTRACT!! and WAIT UNTIL THEY SEE YOUR CONTRACT YOU SIGNED THE SAME DAY AS ME!‘
He concluded his rant by writing, ‚YOU THOUGHT KIM AND KRIS STORIES WAS TRUE SO YOU RAN THE STORY!! FACTS ARE ITS COMPLETELY FALSE – I CANT WAIT TO SHOW YOU THE TRUTH!!‘
Other drama: In a ShadeRoom post, Ray J commented, ‚You telling people false stories about me, making the black man look horrible, for your gain‘; Kris and Kim seen in 2015
Relationship: The reality star and singer began dating in 2002, until they went their separate ways in 2006; the exes pictured with Paris Hilton and Serena Williams
‚IM GOING ON THE BIGGEST RANT OF MY LIFE TONIGHT TO CLEAR MY NAME OF THIS NEGATIVITY AND SHOW YOU HOW THESE PEOPLE ARE F***ING DEVILS — AFTER THIS FINALE!!! THEN WE CAN BE DONE WITH THIS- IM FIRED UP TONIGHT!! THIS is FOR MY KIDS!!‘
Shortly after the reel was uploaded, Ray J shared a much longer video that lasted for 30 minutes, detailing similar claims in his previous rant, alleging Kardashian and Jenner are spreading ‚false narratives‘ and that he can’t ‚even defend himself.‘
When discussing the sex tape, he doubled down on his claims that Jenner was indeed involved in its release, stating, ‚You watched it. And made a decision and then you get on whatever show you was on and take a lie detector test with a fraud.‘
As he looked directly into his phone’s camera, the star stated, ‚I want to sue you. I want to sue every network. I want to sue the dude that did the lie detector test…‘
Towards the end of the video, the singer showed alleged text messages between himself and Kardashian’s ex-husband. One of the messages claimed that Kanye, also known as Ye, was asking for the sex tapes and contracts.
On his Instagram profile description, Ray J wrote out, ‚John Grogan is a fraud and so is KRIS AND KIm!! Sombody is going to jail!‘
However, in recent weeks, Ray J has alleged that Jenner was the ‚mastermind‘ behind the sex tape’s release, but the media personality has now hit back at the allegations.
During the lie detector challenge, James, 44, asked Jenner: ‚Did you help Kim release her sex tape?‘ His question was met by gasps and sounds of shock by the crowd, but Kris did not shy away from answering the question.
She said: ‚It’s OK. No, no.‘
After James‘ colleague John, who was working the lie detector machine, confirmed that she was in fact telling the truth, Kris said: ‚We cleared that up!‘