Hiltons: Rick Salomon offered to drop lawsuit in exchange for Paris Hilton sex tape rights
By Reality TV World staff, 02/08/2004
In the latest development in the Paris Hilton sex tape scandal, according Hilton family lawyers, Rick Salomon, the ex-paramour featured in the now notorious film with Hilton, has offered to drop his $10 million defamation lawsuit against the Hilton family in return for the rights to distribute the film on a "pay-per-view basis." For his part, Soloman's lawyer denies that any such offer was made, terming the allegation "an absolute fabrication."
Salomon, who runs an adult-oriented company called Beverly Hills Pimps & Hos, originally filed the lawsuit late last year against Hilton, her family, and her publicists, claiming he suffered "substantial general and special damages" as the result of a "malicious and outrageous publicity campaign" aimed at "portraying Salomon as a 'criminal' without any basis whatsoever."
In response, Marvad sued Thrasher, the friend who sold it the tape to Marvad in return for a $50,000 advance against 30% of the gross revenues collected from the tape, for... yes, you guessed it, $10 million. In its suit Marvad claims that Thrasher misled them into believing that he owned the tape.
For his part, Thrasher continues to insist that he was given the tape by Salomon and was merely acting as Salomon's agent. "We had an agreement to sell the tape, He gave me the tape. Period." Thrasher stated at the time. Thrasher also contends that he cashed the $50,000 advance check that he received from Marvad and gave half to Salomon.
Considering that in our original report we theorized that the actual purpose of Salomon's Hilton family lawsuit was to clearly establish his sole rights to the film and regain his ability to profit as much as possible from the tape, the disclosure of Salomon's settlement offer should come as no surprise.
For their part, the Hilton's don't seem interested in making it that easy for Salomon. According to TheSmokingGun.com, in a January 15 Los Angeles Superior Court filing, Hilton lawyer Heather McCloskey termed the Salomon settlement offer "beneath contempt," noting that the indecent proposal was sent to Rick Hilton "through a third party" who was not identified in the defense motion.
When contacted by The Smoking Gun, Martin Singer, Salomon's attorney, told the website that the reported settlement offer was "an absolute fabrication," concocted by the Hiltons in an attempt to "besmirch my client."