As we celebrate Valentine's Day, let's take a look back at some of the biggest celebrity sex scandals from the tape that kick-started the Kardashians' career to Katie Price's ultimate betrayal. Once upon a time, we had not heard of the Kardashians - and now they run a billion dollar empire with one of the longest running reality TV shows of all time and more merchandise and businesses than you could count. But it all started in , when Kim Kardashian catapulted into fame when she was embroiled in a sex scandal after a tape of her getting intimate with singer Ray J was released without her permission. Shortly afterwards, fascination with the family spiralled and Keeping Up With the Kardashians was born, changing the world as we know it, forever. Kim has since took control back of her image, marrying Kanye West and becoming a mother to four children.
After the verdict, however, business for these crisis managers has slowed to a trickle, as celebrities no longer need them, because they are no longer concerned about their private pics or tapes getting picked up by gossip magazines and websites that have been scared off by the Hogan haul. Nik Richie runs the Hollywood gossip website The Dirty. The star gives consent for the sex tape to be distributed in exchange for a cut of the profits. Celebs like Farrah Abraham and Paris Hilton had to sign off in order for their sex tapes to be distributed by adult entertainment companies. In turn, those companies gave the aforementioned stars a cut of the overall sales, whereas Hogan never signed any document allowing for his tape to be released.
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By Ben Rabinovich. The tape was made when Tristan and Jordan were in a relationship and is reported to have been stolen from her phone. The sex tape was said to have propelled Paris Hilton to international fame.
A celebrity sex tape is typically an amateur pornographic video recording involving one or more famous people which has, intentionally or unintentionally, been made available publicly. Such videos have often been released without the consent of their subjects and have damaged celebrities' careers. In , for example, a sex tape caused significant damage to Rob Lowe 's career. The surfacing of sex tapes has become so common that some are "leaked" as a marketing tool to advance or establish a media career. In contrast, a celebrity may take the route of openly releasing the tape and benefit directly from royalties as well as indirectly from the publicity.