Bosses at adult film distributors Vivid Entertainment are defying legal threats from Kendra Wilkinson's attorneys after unveiling plans to release a sex tape featuring the former Playboy Playmate.
Executives at the company responsible for the release of Kim Kardashian's famous sex tape were sent a legal notice by Wilkinson's legal representatives at top law firm Lavely & Singer, warning them they'd be violating her right to privacy if they went ahead with the launch of the explicit footage. The busty blonde is believed to have filmed the tape with an ex-boyfriend, who has not been identified.
In the confidential letter, obtained and published by America's OK! magazine, Wilkinson's counsel Yael E. Holtkamp writes, "With regard to the intent... to release a video of Ms. Wilkinson engaging in sexual or other private and intimate behaviour, the Video is private and highly confidential... taken for private use and not for public disclosure."
The notice continues, "Exploitation of the Video... shall constitute a gross violation of Miss Wilkinson's Constitutional and common law right of privacy."
Vivid Entertainment co-CEO Steven Hirsch is refusing to back down and is confident the sex tape was obtained lawfully.
Responding to Holtkamp's warning In a note sent on Monday (03May10), Hirsch writes, "After reviewing our legal position, we remain confident of our right to distribute the Video. Thus Vivid.com plans to release 'Kendra Exposed' within the next several weeks."
The revelation has left Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend reeling after working to clean up her image following her 2009 marriage to American football star Hank Bassett III and becoming a mum to a baby boy in December (09).
A source close to Wilkinson says, "She is devastated and humiliated. This is her worst nightmare. As a new mum and wife, this is the worst scenario she could ever imagine. It's horrifying."
But Wilkinson's reps insist her legal team is not giving up the fight to keep the salacious footage private.
Her spokesperson tells OK!, "Kendra's attorneys are evaluating and pursuing her rights. During this difficult time, Kendra and her family would greatly appreciate the respect of their privacy."