To mark the ten-year anniversary since Vivid Entertainment released the sex tapes starring Kardashian and then-boyfriend, Ray J, PageSix gathered major players who recounted the years before the xxx-rated movie launched the entire Kardashian family — and in turn, the Jenners — into the Hollywood stratosphere.
Here are seven things we learned about one of Hollywood’s biggest scandals.
1. Kim Kardashian wanted to be famous by any means necessary
Kevin Dickson, a former editor at In Touch Magazine, told PageSix that Kardashian fed stories about herself to the publication and she also faked a love interest with Nick Lachey, the ex-husband of Jessica Simpson.
“That was one of the early stunts that backfired. We tried to get her to [expletive] Nick Lachey so she could be a celebrity girlfriend,” Dickson said. “She would literally bake him a basket of muffins and try to get him to come to her house and he wouldn’t go and so they went to dinner somewhere in the North Valley and we had paparazzi there. But our paparazzi told all the other paparazzi. It was a mess.”
2. Kim initially named Karrine ‘Superhead’ Steffans as the woman in the tape.
“‘It’s not me, it’s not me.’ Kim was saying that [hip-hop ‘video vixen’] Superhead was actually the person in the video,” said Kardashian, according to Dickson. “So Kim denied it and denied it and she was denying and crying at the same time.”
3. Steffans advised Ray J — who she dated on and off for years — to not sign off on the release of the tape.
“I told him I didn’t think it was a good idea because he’s the man in the situation and also African-American. ‘You’re a black man, so it’s not going to do for you what it’s going to do for her,’ is what I told him, and I said, ‘If she were a black female, I’ll tell her not to do it. But she’s not,'” Steffans told Page Six.
She added, “And he really, really, really, really believed — really in his heart of hearts believed — that this sex tape was going to finally make him white-girl famous. It’s a different kind of famous. White girls can do anything and be famous; a white girl could slip and fall in the middle of Rodeo Drive and all of a sudden she’s a star. Black women can’t do that, and certainly, black men can’t do that, and white men can’t do that.”
4. Kris Jenner had no role in the release of the tape.
“A lot of nonsense has been reported over the years . . . [The persistent rumors about Kris Jenner, Kardashian’s mother, being involved in selling the tape are] such nonsense,” Steven Hirsch, founder of Vivid Entertainment told PageSix. “I don’t know who started that. [People don’t want] the truth to get in the way of a good story . . . I had no contact with [Kris].”
5. Hilton and Kardashian’s friendship suffered.
“Kim and Paris’s relationship went to [expletive] almost immediately as this scandal made her so famous . . . I was still friends with both of them and Paris was like, ‘That [expletive not suitable for a family newspaper] is playing you for a fool’ and all this other stuff, said Dickson. “By this point, [Kim] was worthwhile as a source — she was phenomenal. That continued for six years of cover stories, which was insane.”
6. Shortly after the release of the tape, Ray J had regrets.
“He tells me the Kim Kardashian sex tape didn’t do what he thought it would do for him. He was complaining and he’s upset that Kim’s making all the money and she’s getting all the attention,” according to Steffans. “I think he was doing [VH1 reality dating show] ‘For the Love of Ray J’ or was about to do that. But that wasn’t what he wanted. Doing a dating reality show wasn’t what he thought was going to happen. He thought he was going to have a real reality show about his family and about his career.”
7. “Kim Kardashian, Superstar” is Vivid Entertainment’s most popular release.
“I can only say that it’s the most popular tape we’ve ever done. Revenue-wise it has generated more income than any other tape that we’ve done. It’s the number-one movie for us of all time,” said Hirsch.
It’s to note that Kardashian’s attorney, Marty Singer, refuted claims that his client planted stories to In Touch Magazine, tipped off paparazzi about her whereabouts, and named Steffans as the woman in the tape.