Kim Kardashian, THAT sex tape, and an empire: How an explosive new novel threatens to bring it all down

Kim Kardashian's 2007 leaked sex tape with ex-husband Ray J has many rumors surrounding it

                            Kim Kardashian, THAT sex tape, and an empire: How an explosive new novel threatens to bring it all down
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The Kardashian family is reportedly trying to block out a new book 'Post Famous' that is based on Kim's sex tape scandal with her former husband Ray J. 

Several publishers were intrigued by a new book written by a former Kardashian confidant, Kevin Dickson. The book follows protagonist Zia Zandrian who chooses to release her own sex tape into the world after being encouraged to do so by her own mother.

It is believed that Zia's life has been based on Kim Kardashian though Page Six claims that publishers are also very wary of the novel given a potential backlash from the megastars.

An Insider shared, "it seemed a dead certainty that the deal would happen [with that publisher]." Dickson's agent has reportedly been given 'polite passes' when publishers realized 'it wouldn't be worth the hassle', the source added. 

Dickson had reportedly been a go-between for the Kardashians and In Touch magazine during the beginning of their reality show 'Keeping Up with The Kardashians'.

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The making

Kim Kardashian and her former husband Ray J made a sex tape in 2002 that was leaked in 2007. The tape had been filmed when the two had enjoyed a ski trip to a luxury resort in Cabo, Mexico in order to celebrate Kim's 23rd birthday. 

The couple had a handheld camcorder with them and had filmed themselves messing around for the camera and then proceeding to have sex. 

The Leak

The tape was leaked by Vivid Entertainment whose founder, Steven Hirsch, confirmed that they had paid Kim to release the footage. Vivid Entertainment obtained a copy of the sex tape in early 2007 courtesy of an unknown third party. 

The company then apparently contacted the Kardashian family and talked them into releasing the tape for pay, claiming it would be released regardless, Inquistr reports. Kim had sued the company to try and stop it from releasing the tape before agreeing to settle in an out of court amount. 

Shortly after the sex tape was released, Kim went on to sign a deal with E! to star in a reality TV series 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' that continues to film till today. The series launched the family into mega fame with each Kardashian-Jenner member becoming A-list celebrities.

Rumors surrounding the sex tape 

There were many rumors surrounding the scandalous sex tape one of which included Kim's mother, Kris Jenner, being involved in the leaking of the tape. Steven Hirsch denied any rumors that the momager was involved in its sale, branding it as "nonsense". Kris herself has denied any such rumors of her involvement.

Rumors also suggested that Kim had leaked her own sex tape in order to attain fame. A book written by journalist Ian Halperin claims that Kim was advised by a friend to not just produce but also purposely leak a sex tape to get famous.

Kim's claims

Kim had initially claimed that the woman in the sex tape was not her and that it was video vixen Karrine Steffans, BET reports.

Recently, the 38-year-old claimed that she had been high on ecstasy while filming the sex tape. "I got married on ecstasy—the first time. I did ecstasy once, I got married. I did it again, I made a sex tape," she recalled much to the shock of sister Kendall Jenner and Scott Disick.

While doing an interview with Love magazine, Kim shared that she does regret doing it. "If I do have one regret in life that's it," she revealed.

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