Comment required March 27, 5: They took a handheld camcorder with them and filmed themselves goofing around for the camera, and also having sex. On later occasions, they filmed themselves in bed again. Kardashian initially had sued to prevent it from being released, but ultimately settled the suit. It is no exaggeration to say that in the 10 years since, Kardashian has transformed American culture. This is the story of that movie, beginning in the months leading up to its release. Perez Hilton , a blogger who revolutionized celebrity news in the early s: So it was really hard to get her coverage.
You have to be on TV. She was on for literally less than 90 seconds. But that was enough for us to start putting her in In Touch. It was only one date, but of course conveniently they were photographed by the paparazzi on that date.
Wonder how they found out about that! We tried to get her to f—k Nick Lachey so she could be a celebrity girlfriend.
But our paparazzi told all the other paparazzi. It was a mess. So I made a mental note that Paris has this incredibly good-looking friend called Kim Kardashian. Literally the next time I heard about her [it was when a source told me] that there was this tape for sale. Steven Hirsch, the founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment: The person brought it in and they had the footage on this computer and they came in with this big, like, rolling suitcase and they unpacked all of it.
It was a production. Because Kim was not involved in it. It was that these people had the footage and were looking to sell it. I had to call her, but she was in Australia, so I had to wait because of the time difference. This is not a drill. I knew her and I knew that she was quite mousy and she had very young sisters at that point. What do I do? He also denies that Kardashian said that Steffans was the person in the video. Kim Kardashian in a still from her sex tapeVivid Dickson: We call like crazy because we want to get them as a client.
Nobody really wanted her on their roster. This is super interesting. It was trying to get a deal done with the people who had the footage. They had guaranteed that we would be able to distribute it. It was a very difficult deal to get done. I know people have speculated on [whether she planned the release of tape from the beginning], but the facts are the facts.
So in order for that tape to come out, Kim would have had to have signed off on it, period. Then they would need to get a release and identification documents and some other information from the performers and you need to get [permission] from the copyright owner.
And Steve Hirsch, too: When [Vivid] talked money with her, she started talking [to me] more frequently again. My lawyers told me I had to lie because they were trying to kill it. So it was delayed and that was reported on, so by the time it actually came out, people were well aware of it. It did very well. By this point, [Kim] was worthwhile as a source — she was phenomenal.
That continued for six years of cover stories, which was insane. He thought he was going to have a real reality show about his family and about his career. First of all, she already had a famous friend and more importantly she had a very connected family. Her stepdad at the time was Bruce Jenner and her mother was Kris Jenner, who had been married to a very connected lawyer. They just knew all the right people. Because they wanted it, they were hungry for it and they knew how to get it.
They had the connections. I know that he feels that also. He, to me, is a penis. I think they were legitimate and they could have paid a lot of money to do it. It was somebody who thought it was terrible and wanted it removed from public viewing.
So I think the intentions were actually pretty genuine. My limited interaction led me to believe it was a legitimate call to remove it … Even before [Hirsch named his price], it just kind of fell apart even after the first conversation.
I think that most people who wanted to see it has seen it. We do see renewed interest in it when something interesting happens in her life, no question about it.
Probably its first and second year [were the high-water mark of its popularity]. But these things have a lifespan. Kim gets called all of those things on a daily basis 10 years later. She declined to be interviewed for this story. Kardashian and Paris Hilton — now a successful DJ with a massive, global clothing, shoes and accessories brand — have rebuilt their friendship and are once again close. He declined to be interviewed for this story.