KANYE West paid a family member £200,000 after discovering they had stolen an old sex tape of him, before his marriage to Kim Kardashian, and were threatening to leak it, his cousin has sensationally claimed.
According to the Mail Online, the rapper’s cousin Lawrence Franklin has revealed the alleged footage is the reason Kanye began to retreat and distance himself from his family – and he claims the aftermath of the incident could even have contributed to his recent breakdown.
Franklin claims the family member discovered the ‘tape’, allegedly showing Kanye having sex with an unknown woman, on a laptop Kim Kardashian‘s husband had given away as a gift.
It’s claimed the family member discovered the tape in 2012, the same year Kanye began dating Kim, but it’s unknown when it was filmed.
A relative is said to have accepted the laptop as a gift from the rapper, before gifting it to another relative shortly after.
Franklin allegedly told the Mail Online:
“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.”
After hiring an attorney, the family member allegedly threatened to leak the footage by first sharing some private information with the public, before demanding money from the star.
The unknown relative eventually accepted $250,000 (£201,000) to hand over the only copy of the tape, and underwent a lie detector test, the site claims.
Franklin said his hit song Real Friends is about the alleged incident, and includes the lyrics:
“I had a cousin that stole my laptop that I was f**kin’ b***hes on.
Paid that n***a 250 thousand just to get it from him. Real friends…Huh?”
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