Kim Kardashian’s famous sex tape with ex-boyfriend Ray J earned more than $1 million in revenue in its first six weeks of release, according to newly released financial records.
Ray J has sparked a dispute with the businesswoman, whom he dated more than 15 years ago, and her mother and business manager, Kris Jenner, by claiming the matriarch oversaw his launch with adult film production company Vivid Entertainment.
Documents obtained exclusively by TMZ reveals the film made an extraordinary amount of money in a comparatively short period of time after it was released in 2007.
An email sent to Kim, purportedly from Vivid Entertainment CEO Steve Hirsch, states that the explicit tape generated $1,424,636.63 in revenue, including $1,255,578.50 from DVD sales.
Dated April 31, 2007, the email appears to have been sent just two months after the reality star filed a lawsuit opposing its publication on February 21.
Kim and Ray J previously signed a deal with Vivid regarding their sex tape and following the SKIMS founder’s lawsuit, she and the singer reluctantly agreed to release it.
Vivid’s Steve Hirsch has also been outspoken about the deal in the past, calling it “difficult to close” because Kim didn’t want the film to come out.
The video, reportedly shot in Cabo San Lucas, was later released by Vivid Entertainment on March 14 and Kim’s lawsuit was dismissed on April 27, just four days before she was told of her sales figures.
Ray J has also previously said that the deal he and Kim struck was that they would each receive $400,000 for the tape plus 12.5% of the profits, figures reflected in Hirsch’s email. The businessman also maintains that Kris had no role in the sale of the tape.