Taylor Swift could press criminal charges against Kanye West for secretly recording their phone call together.
Grab your pop corn and take a seat, because the drama between Swifty and Yeezy is unfolding in the best of ways.
Kim Kardashian scalped Taylor Swift on SnapChat Sunday evening, posting video footage of her hubby chatting with Swift about the controversial Pablo track "Famous." It shows Swift seemingly agreeing to the inclusion of her name on a lyric, which at the time was: “For all my Southside n—– that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”
The final lyric is: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous."
When the song initially dropped, Swift's rep said Kanye “did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account.” She also added that she was “never made aware of the actual lyrics, ‘I made that bitch famous.’”
After Kim's social media blast, Swift went on the record to deny her knowledge of the "bitch" reference and was not aware Kanye was taping their conversation. Turns out recording or eavesdropping on any confidential communication without the consent of all parties involved is a felony, according to California Penal Code 632. Sources close to the situation confirm West was in Los Angeles at the time, and he may have violated California’s “two-party consent” law.
According to EW, Swift likely assumed the call would be private, meaning West would be in violation of the wiretapping law.
When Swift caught wind of a tape existing, her team sent Kanye a threatening letter claiming they'd prosecute the rapper if it ever came to light. According to TMZ, the letter reads: "Demand is hereby made that you immediately destroy all such recordings, provide us of assurance that this has been done, and also assurance that these recordings have not been previously disseminated."
A source claims video footage does exist of Swift approving all the verse lyrics, including “I made that bitch famous,” which wasn’t mentioned in the clips Kim posted on Sunday.
As we previously reported, the video clarifies Swift appeared to be 100% okay with the "Me and Taylor might still have sex" line. Her defence is she did not know about, nor approve of, being called "that b*tch", as well as Kanye secretly recording their conversation (which is illegal in some parts of the US). However, her Grammys speech that shaded Kanye's lyric addressed people taking credit for her fame, which would indicate she did know about the lyric, because the entire line is "I made that b*tch famous". This debacle, and the solution, might depend on whether there was perhaps a demo or early version that didn't feature him calling her a b*tch...