Taylor Swift's lawyer threatened Kanye West over secret phone recording
Taylor Swift had her lawyer threaten Kanye West with criminal prosecution after learning his wife Kim Kardashian had recorded their phone conversation without permission.
The Shake It Off hitmaker has been left fuming after Kim shared a series of videos on her Snapchat page on Sunday night (17Jul16), in which Taylor can be heard on loudspeaker discussing a controversial line in Kanye's song Famous with the rapper.
In the footage, Kanye tells Swift he wanted to call her as a "friend" and get her opinion on the lyrics, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex..." The singer can be heard calling it "a compliment".
However, when the track was made public in February (16), Taylor's representatives slammed claims suggesting the star had approved her shout-out, which included the boast, "I made that b**ch famous" - a reference to Kanye's infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he interrupted Swift's acceptance speech to protest her win.
Kim's Snapchat reveal aimed to prove Taylor had lied about having no knowledge of the tune beforehand, prompting the 26-year-old to fire back via Instagram on Monday (18Jul16), insisting she was unaware of the fact Kanye would be calling her a "b**ch".
Now editors at TMZ.com have obtained a legal missive from Taylor's lawyer, who contacted Kanye's attorney in February (16) and demanded the hip-hop star destroy any evidence of the phone call, because it was recorded in secret - a violation of California law. Sources reveal the conversation took place while the Stronger rapper was in a recording studio in Los Angeles.
The letter states: "Demand is hereby made that you immediately destroy all such recordings, provide us of assurance that this has been done, and also assurance that these recordings have not been previously disseminated."
It is not known if Kanye's attorney responded to the warning, but it's clear the rapper and his reality star wife paid little attention to the legal threat.
Secretly taping a phone conversation without warning is considered a felony in California.
Taylor still reserves the right to sue Kanye and Kim over the violation of privacy.
- Cover Media