Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have won a huge settlement against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Hurley has agreed to pay the couple, who got engaged almost two years ago, $440,000 for filming their engagement and then distributing the footage over his video-sharing platform.
Kardashian and West had sued Hurley after he attended the couple’s surprise engagement party at San Francisco’s AT&T Park in October 2013 and then posted the couple’s crudely taken engagement video to his new video platform MixBit.
There are quite a few aspects that make Hurley’s behavior unacceptable. Reports indicate Chad Hurley had shown up at the venue, despite not being exclusively invited for the strictly hush-hush event. Thereafter, he had allegedly agreed and voluntarily signed the non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement, which mandates that he mustn’t speak about the event or post any audio-visual snippets about it without securing the express permission of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The couple had even claimed that Hurley “manipulated his way into the park to witness Kanye’s marriage proposal.”
However, he not only shot a rather extensive and amateur video of the event, which the reality TV star would have undoubtedly milked even more than what it’s worth, but went ahead and posted it online on his very own platform MixBit. Kim and Kanye’s lawyer, Eric George, filed suit claiming Hurley was desperate to find a second act after two failed flops following his YouTube sale, reported TMZ.
Interestingly, Hurley had tried twice to get the lawsuit dismissed. He claimed he was completely unaware he wasn’t allowed to distribute the clip, reported MSN. However, Kim and Kanye persisted and won in an appeal, which ruled that “Kardashian and West’s suit had merit and should proceed.”
Subsequent to the ruling, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Hurley have reached an out-of-court settlement, which reportedly amounts to $440,000. Hurley must cough up the cash over the course of the next few days, failing which Kardashian and West will seek to pursue the legal route. It is unclear how much the couple is demanding through the legal channel, but it must undoubtedly be a much higher figure than what Hurley seems to have agreed to pay to have the lawsuit dismissed. The money would small change for Hurley, who had sold YouTube for a staggering sum of $1.6 billion to Google.
Though the larger-than-life proposal happened in 2013, the mystery was stretched till February 2014, when it was aired on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, reported the Daily Mail.
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