Kanye West Sex Tape Cost Rapper $250,000 To Silence Relative Who Threatened To Release It

Kim Kardashian isn’t the only one with a sex tape. It turns out that Kanye West probably did too, and it was recently revealed that he paid a family member $250,000 so they wouldn’t leak it or shop it around.

According to the Daily Mail, Kanye’s cousin Lawrence Franklin has come forward to talk about the rapper’s currently unleaked sex tape. He says that another family member threatened to leak Kanye West’s sex tape and was paid off in order to keep the explicit footage from going public.

Kanye rapped about someone taking a laptop from him in his song “Real Friends.” He rapped, “I had a cousin that stole my laptop that I was f**kin’ bitches on. Paid that n***a 250 thousand just to get it from him. Real friends…Huh?”

According to the report, Kanye was talking about a real life situation in his “Real Friends” song and there is a Kanye West sex tape out there. If all of the lyrics ring true, Kanye has the copy in hand and hopefully, his cousin didn’t make more of them before handing it over.

It was back in 2012, right around the time that Kanye West started dating Kim Kardashian that he was reportedly approached with the sex tape. Instead of having the laptop stolen from him as Kanye had rapped about, it turns out that it was one he had given away as a gift that kept giving when footage of Kanye having sex with an unknown woman was found on it. Franklin said Kanye was approached by another cousin who had discovered the footage while borrowing the laptop and, rather than doing his famous family member a solid and deleting the sex tape, he threatened to expose it instead.

Franklin went on to say that after the Kanye West sex tape incident, his cousin started to distance himself from the rest of the family. He developed major trust issues after having to shell out $250,000 to his own family member in order to not have them put him on blast for filming his sexcapades. Lawrence Franklin believes that Kanye’s distrust of those who were in his inner circle had a lot to do with his recent breakdown.

Kanye’s cousin also claims that the famous rapper is still grieving over the 2007 death of his mother, Donda West. That has been suggested previously and Kanye’s breakdown was said to be linked not only to Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery but also to the anniversary of his mother’s death.

“At the end of the day if a member of your family had taken you for a quarter of a million dollars – so they can complete their own ambitions – who can you trust within your circle?” Franklin told the Daily Mail.

“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,” Franklin recounted.

After the sex tape was discovered, Franklin said Kanye’s cousin consulted an attorney prior to approaching the rapper about a payoff. He said the cousin even went so far as to release bits of the tape to let Kanye know he really had some scandalous footage.

Despite trying to keep their identity unknown, Franklin said it didn’t take Kanye and his team long to figure out exactly who possessed the footage. He said Kanye was desperate to keep the sex tape from leaking and eventually was able to strike a deal with his own cousin and pay him $250,000 to make sure it never saw the light of day. Now it’s been more than four years since the payoff and Kanye West’s sex tape has never been leaked so it looks like the rapper was successful in keeping his private life to himself.

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