The following A- to D-listers have appeared in more than just movies and TV shows. Once upon a time, these sexy (and not-so-sexy) stars recorded their under-the-covers antics, and their formerly private tapes are now very public.
In honor of the most recent leak -
Hulk Hogan’s steamy home video (cue the collective eew), read on for the X-rated rundown. This is just the tip of the celeb sex tape iceberg.
The Hulk Hogan Sex Tape
When it was leaked: October 2012
Who it’s with: Hogan’s partner is Heather Clem, the ex-wife of Hogan’s best friend, DJ Bubba the Love Sponge. Um, best name ever?
The aftermath: Back when an unnamed third party approached Vivid Entertainment with the tape, Hogan’s lawyer issued a statement on behalf of his client: “[Hogan] neither approved of the filming nor the release of the same. It is clearly an outrageous invasion of privacy and breach of trust if it is genuine.”
Now that it’s been leaked, Gawker has the
blow-by-blow. Pun intended.
The Kim Kardashian Sex Tape
When it was leaked: February 2007
Who it’s with: R&B singer Ray J
The aftermath: The
Keeping Up With the Kardashians diva sued Vivid Entertainment, the company that released the tape under the appropriately dramatic title Kim Kardashian: Superstar, in February 2007, and she settled two months later for a cool $5 million.
In August 2011, an “anonymous” buyer offered Vivid $20 million for rights to the tape, but Vivid turned ‘em down. Why? The sexy vid that made Kim K. mega-famous has to be worth way more than that.
In late September 2012 it came out that Kanye West, Kim’s boyfriend, has
a couple tapes of his own to worry about, both shot several years ago. Sources tell TMZ that in addition to the video of Kanye and an 18-year-old Kim Kardashian look-alike, he stars in another video with a different ex.
The Eric Dane Sex Tape
When it was leaked: August 2009
Who it’s with: Wife Rebecca Gayheart and former Miss Teen USA/Playboy model Kari Ann Peniche
The aftermath: Nothing much came from the
Grey’s Anatomy star’s raunchy 12-minute romp in Peniche’s apartment… aside from a string of articles filled with McSteamy jokes.
The Paris Hilton Sex Tape
When it was leaked: 2003, one week before the premiere of The Simple Life; the DVD came out in June 2004
Who it’s with: Then-boyfriend Rick Salomon
The aftermath: After the video leaked, Rick Salomon sued the distributor and the Hilton family for making it seem as if he had taken advantage of Paris. Paris fought back, suing the company that released the tape, Kahatani Ltd., for $30 million for violation of privacy and emotional distress. Sneaky Salomon then began peddling the tape through adult film company Red Light District Video under the oh-so-clever title 1 Night in Paris. Once Paris’s privacy lawsuit was thrown out of court, Red Light District Video settled with the socialite in July 2005 to the tune of $400,000 plus a percentage of the profits.
In the meantime, the video has sold upwards of one million copies — and Paris has achieved an entirely new level of fame.
The Rob Lowe Sex Tape
When it was leaked: 1988
Who it’s with: Two women, one of whom was 16; a second part of the tape features him with an American model named Jennifer
The aftermath: Rob Lowe’s sex tape was one of the first to hit Hollywood, so instead of eliciting joking reactions, it prompted an intensely negative backlash — especially since one of the women in the the tape was underage. At the time, the X-rated footage severely damaged Rob’s rep and acting career, but the actor has since bounced back and can now make fun of the debacle.
The Colin Farrell Sex Tape
When it’s leaked: 2005
Who it was with: Then-girlfriend Nicole Narain, Playboy’s Miss January 2002
The aftermath: Colin Farrell named Nicole as a co-defendant in a July 2005 lawsuit against the tape’s potential distributors. While Nicole admitted that she wanted to retain her rights to the tape, she insisted that she — like Colin — wasn’t on board with their 15-minute recorded romp going to market. She and Farrell settled out of court in April 2006, and the court issued an injunction barring the distribution of the tape in July 2006.
The Dustin Diamond Sex Tape
When it was leaked: Late 2006
Who it’s with: Two women from a bachelorette party (not the women pictured above)
The aftermath: Dustin Diamond, better known as Screech on
Saved by the Bell, initially claimed he had no idea who leaked the vom-worthy footage and threatened to sue. But he changed his tune and decided to try to cash in on the scandal instead, going in with distributor Red Light District Video for a cut of the profits. (Suspicious? Yes.)
The tape, aptly called Screeched, is actually out there. “Let’s just say, if I were a small man, it would be worse,” Dustin dished to
The Hollywood Gossip. Shudder.
The Pamela Anderson Sex Tapes — Plural
When it was leaked: 1998
Who it’s with: Tommy Lee
The aftermath: After someone stole and leaked a sexually explicit video of Pam and then-hubby Tommy Lee on their honeymoon, the couple sued the distributor, Internet Entertainment Group. They ultimately settled out of court, and the 39-minute video — Pam & Tommy Lee: Stolen Honeymoon — is still out there. Scary stuff, kids. Scary stuff.
When it was leaked: 1998; the DVD came out in September 2005
Who it’s with: Bret Michaels
The aftermath: When snippets first appeared on the Internet, Pam and Poison singer/Rock of Love star Bret Michaels successfully blocked distribution of the video, which was filmed before the Tommy Lee sex vid. They attempted to prevent a second distributor from releasing it in 2005, but the 47 minutes of naughty footage made it to DVD.
The Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett Sex Tape
When it was leaked: May 2010
Who it’s with: Her high school boyfriend, Justin Frye
The aftermath: Despite publicly protesting the release of Kendra Exposed, former Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson ultimately opted to cash in on the tape, which her ex-boyfriend sold to Vivid Entertainment — along with many additional hours of footage. According to
Radar Online, Kendra, who is now married (with child) to NFLer Hank Baskett, accepted a $680,000 advance plus 50 percent of the profits.
The Fred Durst Sex Tape
When it was leaked: 2005, after it was stolen from Fred’s computer
Who it’s with: An unknown woman
The aftermath: The Limp Bizkit front man sued Gawker and other sites that posted the once-private video for $70 million. Let’s hope he left the band name outside the bedroom. (Sorry, we had to.)
The Verne Troyer Sex Tape
When it was leaked: Snippets leaked in June 2008; full release in September 2008
Who it’s with: Ex-girlfriend Ranae Shrider
The aftermath: Pint-size Verne Troyer, who played Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films and famously peed in a corner of the Surreal Life house, sued TMZ, celeb-porn broker Kevin Blatt, and SugarDVD for $20 million in June 2008 after snippets of his sex tape appeared online. He settled the following month, ensuring that the video would never be distributed without his permission. But after it came out that Shrider had done the leaking, TMZ reposted the clip — and Troyer sued his sneaky ex for $20 million.
The video exists. Just Google it — but don’t say we didn’t warn you!
The Tonya Harding Sex Tape
When it was leaked: 1994
Who it’s with: Her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, one of the men implicated in the Nancy Kerrigan attack
The aftermath: Jeff Gillooly sold the tape, which features the former figure skater seemingly inebriated and in a wedding dress (as well as a whole lot less), to a tabloid TV show. Stills appeared in Penthouse in 1994, and the tape itself came out soon after. Tonya has tried to distance herself from the scandal… by fleshing out her rap sheet. Good strategy.