Iggy Azalea's lawyers are throwing the kitchen sink at a major porn company ... now claiming Vivid will get its dirty corporate ass sued if it dares to market her alleged sex tape ... because the name "Iggy" can only be used by Iggy.
It seems a sex tape exists, even though her lawyers deny it. Initially they said it was a fabrication ... then said if it does exist she may have been a minor. The "sex partner" -- rapper Hefe Wine -- told TMZ Live Friday there is indeed a tape and she knew about it and consented. And he says she was NOT a minor ... he says he met her when she was 18.
Now Iggy's lawyers have fired off a letter to Vivid -- obtained By TMZ -- in which they say the name "Iggy" is gold ... protected by U.S. Trademark.
So maybe Vivid could market the tape this way -- STEAMY SEX TAPE, FEATURING SHMIGGY SHMEZELIA AND HEFE WINE!
Vivid is unimpressed, restating it's desire to market the tape.
BTW ... sources close to Iggy say she feels betrayed by her ex-BF.
Iggy Azalea Sex Tape
My Ex Is Selling It for Revenge
9/12/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea's legal team now says it may indeed be her in that sex tape ... but there's also a chance she was under 18 when it was shot.
It's a big change from what her people told TMZ just 2 days ago ... that NO Iggy sex tape exists. Now it sounds like it does ... but with legal peril.
We broke the story ... a video purportedly showing Azalea and an ex-boyfriend is being shopped to porn giant, Vivid Entertainment.
But then Iggy's lawyers now tell us ... any sex video would be the work of a "spurned business suitor" -- aka the ex-BF -- who's just trying to damage her image and career out of revenge. They also told us any footage was possibly shot "without her knowledge or consent" ... kind of a weird statement -- either it was or it wasn't. The lawyers also say it's possible it was shot when she was a minor.
So, let's review Iggy's sex tape position: It's NOT me ... it MIGHT be me ... IF it's me, an evil ex-business partner is out to get me ... and I might be jail bait ... so, I dare you to release it.
Seven-Figure Offer for
Alleged Sex Tape
9/11/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea allegedly recorded a sex tape that could make her millions upon millions -- according to a Hollywood porn boss, but Iggy tells TMZ she can't cash in on the vid ... because it's NOT her!
Vivid honcho Steven Hirsch tells us he has seen some footage which he says appears to be Iggy with an ex-boyfriend -- and from the little he's seen ... he's sure it could easily top Kim Kardashian's legendary sex tape in sales.
Hirsch says he's already reached out to the 24-year-old "Booty" rapper to open negotiations on what could be a multi-million dollar deal -- but the problem is Iggy's camp says Hirsch's eyes are playing tricks on him. They tell us the I-G-G-Y is not the chick on vid doing the dirty ... and they're ready to sue over the alleged footage.
Of course, without Iggy signing off on it ... the vid can't be legally released. It also means she won't collect years and years of mailbox money ... like Ray J still does.
Proposal To Ban
Shoots Without Condoms in Cali
8/6/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
California may become a condom-mandated state when it comes to porn ... and the stakes involve hundreds of millions of dollars, AIDS, syphllis, gonorrhea and other STDs.
The California State Assembly has just passed a bill requiring condoms in all porn shoots. The author, State Assemblyman Isadore Hall, III, tells TMZ ... it's all about workplace safety. He says STDs are out of control in the porn industry.
Hall cites a UCLA study, which shows 11% of female porn stars who have sex with males who don't wear condoms contracted gonorrhea and 15% tested positive for chlamydia. We've checked and can't find any documented HIV cases in the straight adult porn industry in the last decade.
Porn honchos tell us ... they are fleeing California. Vivid Prez Steve Hirsch tells us ... his company currently does not produce movies in L.A. County -- where there's currently a mandatory condom law. He says the current testing procedures are more than adequate.
One porn exec tells us ... the county has lost around $100 million a year. Fact is ... we checked with the agency that issues permits for porn shoots. 480 permits were issued in 2012. After the condom law passed, the number plummeted to 40 in 2013, and so far in 2014 ... only 30.
Assemblyman Hall says the porn companies are full of BS ... he says they can digitally remove condoms from the flicks and says, "There's an app for that."
Hall's bill has gone to the State Senate.
So we gotta ask ...
Offered Big Movie Role
But There's a Catch
6/7/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Casper Smart lost his job as Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend/dancer/babysitter -- but now he's getting a shot to make hundreds of thousands of bucks by starring in porn.
Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch sent a letter to Casper ... asking him to play the lead love interest in an XXX film featuring the transsexual with whom he was rumored to have an online fling.
Hirsch says Sofie Vissa is locked and loaded for a film called, "Sofie on the DownLo" ... and Hirsch wants Casper to get it on with Vissa in the company's first-ever transsexual sex tape.
We're told Casper is being offered around $200,000 -- with big back end potential and the possibility of a sequel, "Casper, the Friendly Host."
Casper has not acknowledged any sort of relationship with Sofie.
Wedding Gift for Kim
5/19/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It may be the most awesome wedding gift of all time ... Ray J is giving Kim Kardashian and Kanye West a $47K check ... representing 4 months of his 2014 profits from the epic porn tape with Kim.
It's breathtaking on 2 levels -- that Ray J has such humongous cajones, and that the tape is still raking in a fortune after 7 years.
Here's the breakdown of the wedding gift. Mind you, this is just Ray J's cut:
-- January $6,135.60
-- February $20,097.31
-- March $9,674.76
-- April $10,931.52
-- TOTAL: $46,840.13
Now get this ... sources from Vivid Entertainment tell us the tape has grossed $50 MILLION!
Remember, we're told Kim gets AT LEAST as much as Ray J, though we don't know exactly how much.
We've reached out to Kim to see if she'll accept Ray's gift, but so far no word back. We're told ... if she doesn't want it he'll donate the money to her favorite charity.
Ray J -- yes, that's his wallet AND he's happy to see you.
'Love & Hip Hop'
Most Pirated Sex Tape of All Time
4/21/2014 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Love & Hip Hop" sex tape has overtaken the Kim Kardashian skin flick in popularity -- in fact it's already the most pirated sex tape of all time .... according to the porn company behind its release.
The full length L&HH sex tape was officially released at midnight -- and a rep for Vivid tells TMZ ... in just 9 hours, the company sent out more than 1,200 cease-and-desist letters to websites that were illegally hosting it.
Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch isn't messing around either -- telling us, "If you even try to illegally download this tape we will come after you full force. We have three full-time attorneys prepared and ready to go."
As we reported, the anticipation leading to the tape's release has been insane -- pre-sale numbers were through the roof ... totaling roughly $400,000.
Since the release at midnight, we're told Vivid's website has been raking in new memberships -- averaging 15 new joins every MINUTE.
'Love & Hip Hop' Sex Tape
Through the Roof!
4/19/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There might be a new queen of sex tapes ... TMZ has learned the tape starring Mimi Faust from "Love & Hip Hop" is one of the hottest pre-sellers Vivid has ever seen.
Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch tells TMZ ... they've made more than $400,000 in pre-sales ... just off the trailer. Hirsch says Vivid has never seen pre-orders at this level.
"Mimi & Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta" is set to drop Monday in full on Vivid.com and Hirsch says he's expecting sales to be massive.
Or he could just be talking about Nikko's manhood.
Vivid to Farrah Abraham
Keep Your Mouth Shut ...
4/9/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Vivid Entertainment execs are FREAKED OUT at Farrah Abraham's upcoming book about the sex tape industry ... and they've fired off a letter demanding that she keep her trap shut.
Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch has a lot to lose if Farrah blabs about how the porn company courts and signs celeb talent. Hirsch believes his trade secrets are worth millions ... but only if they remain secret.
Farrah's book -- "Celebrity Sex Tape" -- is loosely based on her experience in the porn biz which ended in "Back Door Teen Mom."
We're told Hirsch worries Farrah could blow the lid on the way her tape was made with porn star James Deen. It was marketed as a sex tape, but it's pretty apparent it was Hirsch's brainchild.
In Hirsch's letter ... he notes Farrah signed a confidentiality agreement and she can't hide behind thinly-veiled fiction.
You Are a Porn Star
And Your Bank Account Proves It
2/14/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Farrah Abraham is a porn hypocrite ...she CLAIMS she's not a porn star and is fighting the release of a sequel to her first flick but she's privately hounding porn producers to ante up a fortune in XXX royalties.
Farrah's first film -- "Backdoor Teen Mom" -- was released a year ago, yet it's still a top seller. TMZ has learned Farrah repeatedly called Vivid Entertainment last month for her quarterly royalty check. We found out Vivid wired her $93,927.72 for the last quarter of 2013.
We're told Farrah has received more than that amount from Vivid for previous quarters.
What's more ... Farrah got in the high 6 figures to shoot the flick.
As you may know ... she's been on a soapbox recently, proclaiming she's a mother and an author but not a porn star.
As for the sequel ... she can forget about it. We know she signed away all of her rights to videos Vivid might want to make from the original footage with James Deen. As a matter of fact, a Vivid source says "Expect a third one."
Over Sex Tape
2/10/2014 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Farrah Abraham is as fake as her boobs ... having the nerve to claim she never signed on for a porn sequel. She did, and we have the email to prove it.
Abraham is upset over Vivid releasing a follow-up video to "Backdoor Teen Mom" ... claiming she never approved a sequel.
Small problem ... We have an email Farrah sent to Vivid ... in which she gives the porn company the right "to release video or Videos(s)." Plural times 2.
Farrah says she's a public figure, not a porn star. Fact is she's both -- she's a porn star who has a public figure, from both the front and the rear.
Vivid Tried To Backdoor Me on Sequel
2/7/2014 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Farrah Abraham insists she did NOT consent to a second sex tape which is about to be marketed ... claiming her initial tape was a one off and she is NOT a porn star.
Farrah's lawyer tells TMZ ... his client did not give Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch permission to release a sequel to "Backdoor Teen Mom." The lawyer says the so-called new sex tape is just extra footage from the first shoot she did -- with porn star James Deen.
According to the lawyer, Farrah is "a mother, a public figure, and an author," and not a porn star.
The lawyer says they tried to shut down Hirsch, to no avail.
Something tells us ... Hirsch has a release (not that kind) in his hands that gives him the right to the footage.
Even I Think It's Disgusting
1/5/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tila Tequila's sex tape will get a full release next week as a Vivid video download ... and TMZ has the MSFW screen grabs.
The tape -- which we've seen and is packed with hardcore boy-girl action -- is elegantly named "Tila Tequila: Backdoored and Squirting." Her mama ... well, you know.
Porn giant Vivid inked the deal for TT's tape ... it'll be available online starting Monday.
As for the video ... there's not much of a plot. But it's got a happy ending..