Sunday, October 24, 2021

Kim and Kanye Threaten to Sue Former Bodyguard for $10M Over Defamatory Comments

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*Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have threatened to take legal action against ex-bodyguard Steve Stanulis

According to TMZ, the couple sent a cease and desist letter to Stanulis, after he made “false and defamatory” comments about them. Kimmy and Yeezy are preparing to slap him with a $10 million lawsuit if he does it again.

As previously reported, Stanulis reignited his feud with the rapper last month, speaking out about Ye’s ‘ridiculous rules’ during a recent appearance on the “Hollywood Raw” podcast. 

Stanulis claims one of the most memorable of West’s demands was that he needed to “stay 10 paces” behind the artist while walking outside. 

“So obviously if someone is going to come up and do something, by the time I try to run up and prevent it, it would have already happened,” he said, per Just Jared. 

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Kanye West, Steve Stanulis
Kanye West, Steve Stanulis

Stanulis also recalled his first encounter with Kanye during fashion week. 

“When he gets there, we get into the elevator and he says ‘Aren’t you going to push what floor we are going to?’ I was like ‘I have no idea what floor, it’s my first day,’” he said. “So he starts ranting, ‘So you mean you didn’t call ahead to find out where I’m supposed to be going?” I said ‘no.’”

He continued: “So he’s ranting and raving. So I said ‘look bro, we can do this one of three ways. One, you could tell me what button to press, and now I’ll know. Two, you could press the button, and I’ll see which one you press so I’ll know. Or three, you can sit in here all day and tell me how important your time is and we are not going to go anywhere.’ Again, that was our first interaction. He went for the first option.”

Meanwhile, per their cease and desist  letter, Kim and Kanye claim Stanulis signed an agreement in 2016 that prevents him from spilling the tea about their personal lives, which he continues to violate. 

As noted by Complex, in a 2016 interview with the Daily Mail, the bodyguard said Ye was “probably the most self-absorbed person I’ve met in my entire life.”

Stanulis’ publicist, Zack Teperman, insists that his client did not breach a contract with the couple, per TMZ.

“[No] breach of any confidentiality agreement was done. My client went on a podcast to promote his new film, and old stories that were already out there were brought up,” Teperman said. “For Kanye and Kim’s counsel to send out a threatening letter to bully my client against his rights is unwarranted. My client has already made it clear that he respects Kanye, their time working together.”

He continued, “If Kanye and Kim wish to continue this further, that is up to them. But I think their time and money would be better suited helping out with more pressing matters in our society than what happened many years ago.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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