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History of modern celebrity sex tapes: Part 2


History of modern celebrity sex tapes: Part 5

Part 2 of Circa's history of modern celebrity sex tapes picks up at the beginning of the new millennium, when scandals rocked living rooms and court rooms alike.

A sex tape of rapper Eve and her then-boyfriend, "Love & Hip Hop's" Stevie J, leaked in 2001.

Eve gets Philly with Ebro when asked about Stevie J Sex tape

Asked about the tape in a 2013 interview with New York radio station Hot 97, Eve said she wasn't responsible for its release and didn't know who leaked it.

She protested when pressed for more information, adding, "We 'bout to stop this f**ckin' interview unless we keep it movin'." (Video language NSFW.)

R. Kelly Pornography Trial Begins

In 2002, an anonymous source sent the Chicago Tribune a tape that allegedly showed singer R. Kelly urinating on and having sex with a minor.

Kelly, who told MTV News he was not the person in the video, was arrested and faced related felony charges.

R. Kelly to Fans: 'Give Me My Life Back'

Six years after the tape surfaced, a Chicago jury found Kelly not guilty.

"They found me innocent," Kelly told BET in a subsequent interview. "I'm hoping that fans that I'm given good music to, and people around the world -- for 15, 16 years -- could do the same thing: you know, give me my life back."

In 2003, a sex tape of socialite Paris Hilton and one-time paramour Rick Salomon was leaked.

CNN: Paris Hilton opens up about sex tape

It made news just weeks before Hilton's "The Simple Life" premiered on TV.

The Adult Video Awards declared the video, "1 Night in Paris," the genre's best-selling title of the year, but its stars weren't celebrating.

"I just felt so betrayed," Hilton told CNN in 2011. "It's something that changed my life forever."

In addition to suing porn company Marvad for allegedly releasing the tape without consent, Salomon, who wound up selling the tape through a different company, accused the Hilton family of slander and sued for $10 million.

In addition to battling Salomon in court, Hilton sued an internet company called Kahatani for $30 million, claiming their distribution of the video was illegal, but a judge dismissed her suit against Kahatani.

Hilton and Salomon later settled with each other out of court in 2004.

In subsequent years, Salomon twice married and divorced another sex-tape star: Pamela Anderson.

History of modern celebrity sex tapes: Part 5

If you missed it or just want a refresher, check out Part 1 of Circa's history of modern sex tapes.

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