A new book from an investigative reporter Ian Halperin quotes a reliable source in the porn industry as informing that "A mutual friend of Kim and Paris [Hilton] had advised her (Kim) that if she wanted to achieve fame, a sex tape would be the way to go...Kim had discussed the idea of producing a tape with her family beforehand."
Prior to this revelation, it's been rumors that Kim's mom and manager Kris was at the forefront of the "leaked" sex tape. Others believe the sex video was not leaked but was a planned business, well acted out and sold in the black market.
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Kim Kardasian is believed to have signed the career-making video contract in 2007 with Ray J to release the video from 2003 after the said advice from someone in a close relationship with her and Paris Hilton.
In the book, Ian Halperin quoted a source that confirmed:
“It was Kris who engineered the deal behind the scenes and was responsible for the tape seeing the light of day.”
“When it comes to…selling a sex tape, both parties need to sign off.”
The source continued, “A third party brought it to Vivid…[We] got in touch with the Kardashian family.”