Ray J disputed that his 2007 sex tape with Kim Kardashian had been leaked in a new interview with the Daily Mail.
He said that he, Kardashian, and Kris Jenner organized the tape’s release with Vivid Entertainment.
The sex tape, and threats of further footage, played a role on recent episodes of “The Kardashians.”
Ray J said that the 2007 sex tape that helped catapult Kim Kardashian and her family to reality television stardom was a “lie,” claiming that its release was organized by Kardashian and her mother after he proposed the idea.
The sex tape, which was titled “Kim Kardashian, Superstar” and featured footage of Kardashian and Ray J filmed in Cabo San Lucas in 2002, was released in 2007 by Vivid Entertainment. The company claimed that it had bought the sex tape for $1 million from an unidentified third party, People reported in 2007. According to People, Kardashian said at the time that the video was being “sold completely without [her] permission or consent.”
In a new interview about the sex tape with the Daily Mail, Ray J, whose full name is William Ray Norwood Jr., disputed the narrative that the tape had been leaked and released without Kardashian’s consent.
“I’ve never leaked anything. I have never leaked a sex tape in my life. It has never been a leak,” the musician and entrepreneur told the Daily Mail. “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.”
Ray J told the Daily Mail that he was the one who suggested a release of the sex tape to Kardashian. At the time, Ray J said, Kardashian approved of the idea and looped in her mother, Kris Jenner, to organize the release of the tape with Vivid Entertainment.
Ray J told the Daily Mail that he and Kardashian signed a contract for three videos, two of which were not released. According to the artist, he was never in possession of further sex tapes. He said that Kardashian was the only one who was in control of them.
The sex tape played a role on recent episodes of “The Kardashians,” the family’s new documentary-style series on Hulu. In the first episode of the new series, Kardashian said that she would “burn” anyone who threatened her with further sex tape footage “to the fucking ground” after learning earlier in the episode that Ray J’s former manager Wack 100 was threatening to release purported further footage from their sex tape.
In the show’s third episode, Kardashian said that her estranged husband Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) met with Ray J to retrieve the last of the sex tape footage prior to her “SNL” hosting appearance. She cried when announcing the news to her family, and later said that the footage only showed her and Ray J at a restaurant.
Ray J told the Daily Mail that he met with Ye for four hours at LAX, speaking “father to father” as Ye inspected the material that Ray J turned over to him. Ray J said that the laptop in question contained photos of him and Kardashian, “mini-videos,” and correspondence between the two in the late 2000s.
On Thursday, after the show’s fourth episode aired, Ray J commented on a Hollywood Unlocked post on Instagram about Ye flying to meet him, saying “all of this is a lie.”
“When I put on the comments that all of this is a lie, I didn’t mean Kanye coming to meet with me about some second sex tape,” Ray J told the Daily Mail.
“I mean all of this is all a lie,” he continued. “From the beginning of us putting this sex tape out, this has been the biggest lie in the industry in the history of entertainment.”
A representative for Kardashian and Jenner did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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