Kanye Paid Cousin $250k To Prevent Sex Tape Leak
New details are surfacing about Kanye West allegedly paying a quarter of a million dollars to one of his relatives, who threatened to release a sex tape of him. As you’ll recall, Kanye alluded to the situation on a song called ‘Real Friends‘. On the melancholy track, he raps about having “trust issues” and relationships with family members. One one part of the track, he rhymes:
I had a cousin that stole my laptop that I was f**king bi***es on/Paid that n***a $250,000 just to get it from him. Real friends?
He also references what appears to be the same cousin earlier in the song, rapping,
Reportedly, this situation led him to cut himself off and become distrustful of those in his inner circle, according to his cousin Lawrence Franklin. He says Kanye paid $250,000 after a family member discovered a video of him having sex with an unknown woman on a laptop the rapper had given away as a gift. Lawrence explained:
I have a cousin who’s a deadbeat/I hate family reunions.
He says the sex tape situation happened in late 2012 – the same year Kanye started dating his now-wife, Kim Kardashian. The rapper gifted a family member a laptop – and the family member in turn had lent the laptop to another family member. Lawrence says,
The sex tape episode started his decline – he stopped trusting people. At the end of the day if a member of your family had taken you for a quarter of a million dollars – so they can complete their own ambitions – who can you trust within your circle? This was also around the time when his mother has just died and he takes a lot of responsibility for that. When you go from being a regular person to being a huge star – and having all of these mounting issues and being completely void of the normalcy that you once had – it’s tough. Where do you go? Who do you trust at the end of the day?
I was at my aunt’s house when the family member who had the laptop called me, a friend of his, and my uncle to the kitchen where he opened the laptop to show a video of Kanye in clear view having sex with a fair-skinned black woman. The family member knew what he had was gold, and later called an old friend of his that was an attorney. He put together a small team him and his attorney went after Kanye, and to show that they meant business they leaked a little information publicly to let it be know they indeed had the footage. The family member tried to keep a low profile but it was not long before Kanye’s team learned who it was that had the sex tape.
Reportedly, Kanye was desperate to stop the tape from being released, so he lawyered up to get the laptop back.
Kanye was adamant that the tape would never get released. I’m not entirely sure why but one can only assume that because the woman in the video was not Amber Rose or Kim, or any woman he was linked with – that could have been the reason. Eventually the family member agreed to give Kanye the laptop for a large amount of money – more than $250,000, and ensure there were no other copies. He was was also required to take a lie detector test regarding the laptop. The family member got this money and started to buy himself a lifestyle he dreamed about. This did make Kanye upset, but it was all kept quiet. It caused a huge rift in our family.
I feel that kind of behavior happens when you have no one to turn to, you can’t trust your friends and you have no one to talk to. For the most part I don’t look at the Kardashians as real people. Kanye comes from a very family-orientated environment with roots and African American family lifestyle – you know family reunions with food and things like that. The Kardashians are the complete opposite of what’s familiar in our community. So it’s kind of weird for him and I can understand there’s no way for him to release that. However when family begins to do you wrong where do you retreat?
Kanye has yet to comment publicly about this situation.