Sex tapes and more sex tapes…will there ever be an end? I believe not, considering that sex and voyeurism have been around as long as mankind himself, and will last as long as he exists. All that was needed was the technology. Now, making sex tapes and somehow getting them leaked on to the internet is a commercial strategy for aspiring stars, especially the women. However, this is not to say that all sex tapes are deliberately leaked by the female participant. Far from it. The business of sex tapes has seen a lot of bitterness and controversy, including some ugly legal battles and millions of dollars changing hands. Here are the 7 most infamous celebrity sex tapes.
Table of contents:
- 1. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
- 2. Pamela Anderson and Bret Michaels
- 3. Paris Hilton and Rick Salomon
- 4. Kim Kardashian and Ray J
- 5. Severina Vuckovic
- 6. Colin Farrell and Nicole Narain
- 7. Jimi Hendrix
1 Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
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Pamela Anderson tops the list, as hers was the first major sex tape controversy. It involved a stolen honeymoon tape featuring her and husband Tommy Lee engaging in various sexual acts, which somehow landed in the hands of the controversial internet porn pioneer Seth Warshavsky. Seth put the tape on the internet, and what followed was a bitter legal battle between the couple and Seth. An undisclosed settlement happened, after which the tape was legally shown on Seth’s site.
2 Pamela Anderson and Bret Michaels
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Yes, Pamela Anderson again! This tape goes back even further, and features her and musician Brett Michaels having sex. However, Bret managed to block the release of the tape, and only four minutes of footage ever got on to the internet.
3 Paris Hilton and Rick Salomon
This is the most infamous celebrity sex tape in the industry and till today the most viewed. Hotel heiress Paris Hilton was apparently only 19 when the long and graphic tape was filmed. The tape was leaked in 2003, and a legal battle followed. However, Paris showed her practical side, and knowing that it would be almost futile to block the tape after it had already reached millions of people, the strategy changed. The tape was released formally as a DVD titled One Night in Paris. The tape propelled Paris into ‘celebritydom’, and officially the ‘sex tape strategy’ was born.
4 Kim Kardashian and Ray J
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Many people believe that Kim Kardashian was the first to successfully follow and exploit Paris Hilton’s successful model. In 2007, a sex tape that looked remarkably pornographic in its style and objective, was supposedly leaked on to the internet, featuring her and musician Ray J. A legal settlement followed in which Kim Kardashian got $5 million, and since then she has become as popular a socialite as Paris Hilton herself.
So, was it deliberate or was she just extremely, innocently lucky? Your guess is as good as mine, but this remains one of the most infamous celebrity sex tapes.
5 Severina Vuckovic
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Not many people outside the Croatian and Bosnian region knew this Croatian musician, till she appeared in an infamous sex tape in 2004, with a married businessman. What is remarkable is that she is a devout catholic who was actually promoting abstinence, when the tape was stolen and released. It showed her getting down and dirty in every conceivable way. Following this, her reputation was severely damaged in her native country, but she did become an instant worldwide celebrity.
6 Colin Farrell and Nicole Narain
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Former Playboy playmate Nicole Narain was set to have her own sex tape, but Colin Farrell did not take too kindly to the 14-minute sex tape being aired publicily. He sued Nicole and the Internet Commerce Group, and the sale, distribution and disaply of the tape was banned.
7 Jimi Hendrix
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Yes, the Jimi Hendrix of your parents younger days! A collector of music memorabilia supposedly found the tape which features Hendrix and two other women, shot some 40 years before sex tapes became popular business. He sold it to Vivid Entertainment for a hefty sum. However, there has been debate as to whether the man in the tape is actually Hendrix. Whatever it is, the footage has quickly slotted itself amongst the most infamous celebrity sex tapes.
Naturally, more tapes will come up, and this can pretty much be regarded as a list in progress. A decade down the line, you can expect at least 10 new names to feature amongst the most infamous celebrity sex tapes. What other infamous sex tapes can you think of?
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