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 Kardashian shared a series of videos on her Snapchat page on Sunday night, in which Swift can be heard on loudspeaker discussing a controversial line in West’s song “Famous” with the rapper.
In the footage, West 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, Swift’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 West’s infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech to protest her win.
Kardashian’s Snapchat reveal aimed to prove Swift had lied about having no knowledge of the tune beforehand, prompting the 26-year-old to fire back via Instagram on Monday, insisting she was unaware of the fact West would be calling her a “b**ch.”
Now editors at TMZ have obtained a legal missive from Swift’s lawyer, who contacted West’s attorney in February 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 West’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.
Swift still reserves the right to sue West and Kardashian over the violation of privacy.