The ParisExposed controversy may have gotten a little more interesting. According to The Rad Report, a "super credible source" has revealed that Paris Hilton herself owns the sex tapes that were allegedly acquired by David Hans Schmidt and then sold to Bardia Persa. The source is said to be uncertain as to the extent of Paris's involvement in the ParisExposed website, which is distributing the material for public consumption, but is sure that she is "financially involved."
So is the whole thing a scam cooked up by Paris, Schmidt and Persa? The "storage locker" story a nice advertising gimmick? I don't know. According to another story, Paris and Joe Francis's lawyers are filing a civil suit today, and are seeking a restraining order against ParisExposed. Now you tell me. Would you honestly go so far as to take legal action against an enterprise you secretly belonged to in order to hide your involvement in said entity? I'm no lawyer, but it seems to me that you could get in a lot of trouble for doing that (isn't it fraud or something?). On the surface, it seems that, if Paris does go ahead with legal action, then there's no way she could possibly be secretly involved in the site. Because the crux of the whole case, at least going by Joe Francis's earlier statements, is who owns the rights to the videos. Here's what Francis actually said:
"We want this thing down and we're seeking monetary damages ... They were taken for us only when we were dating. These guys have absolutely no right to use the images - they flat-out put them on the Web with no permission. He messed with the wrong person."
Is Francis talking about all the videos and pictures, or just the ones involving him? And let's say for argument's sake that Paris really does still own the rights to that stuff. Then Joe would really be suing her, wouldn't he? So maybe Joe just thinks like we all do - that Paris was shafted. Maybe Paris wasn't shafted and she just hasn't told Joe. What's going to happen when Joe finds out then? It doesn't seem likely that Francis would be in with cahoots with the others, then go around making statements like he did. You don't try a scam like this then sue yourself. You're just robbing Peter to pay Paul then. I don't know. It's all so confusing. Hopefully, this will all be clarified soon. Because I know I won't be able to sleep until...
Monday, January 29, 2007