He is an international movie star. His film, one of the most downloaded of all time, but you probably wouldn’t recognize him if you saw him on the street.
Chances are you‘ve either seen or heard about Rick Salomon‘s videotaped mattress romp with celebutante Paris Hilton. He quickly became an international star after a three-minute portion of the video surfaced on the Internet this past fall, quickly becoming the most downloaded celebrity sex tape since Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee. But becoming infamous has not come easily. He‘s now suing the Seattle Internet Company who initially released the tape, asking for $10 million.
He‘s also filed a $10 million slander lawsuit against his co-star and her parents, after he claims a Hilton representative accused him of taking advantage of then 20-year-old Paris.
The Hilton Hotel heiress is also filing a multimillion dollar suit of her own against another Internet company who she claims illegally obtained and is distributing the tape. Her asking price? $15 million.
But now Rick Salomon has started his own Internet site selling a new longer color version of his 39-minute escapade with Paris for the bargain price of $50 for five showings.
MSNBC’s Dan Abrams asked him about these lawsuits, and how this infamous sex tape came about.
DAN ABRAMS, HOST: Let us sort out all these lawsuits. Who are you suing and who, if anyone is suing you?
RICK SALOMON: I‘m suing the porn company that released the tape. I‘m suing the kid that stole the tape. I‘m suing Rick Hilton, Kathy Hilton, Paris Hilton and I just dropped my lawsuit against their publicist and that‘s it.
ABRAMS: And the reason you‘re suing Paris Hilton is why?
SALOMON: I‘m suing Paris Hilton because they originally put out a statement saying that she was incapacitated and she was drugged out and she was under the age of 18, and they never did a retraction. You know kept following it up and it was just an ugly legal battle and that‘s why I released the full color version. And I just got sick of fighting with them. And you can see that on TrustFundGirls.com. It‘s 18 minutes of full color and I think everybody will enjoy it.
Paris Hilton I mean is a beautiful. She’s American royalty with supermodel looks and it‘s never been done before and everybody should enjoy it.
ABRAMS: Do you feel guilty at all about releasing the tape?
SALOMON: No. I took the blame everywhere I went. Everybody thought I released this tape, so, you know, now I‘m at least getting some reward, so no there‘s not any down side to me releasing it right now. I don‘t feel any guilt about it.
ABRAMS: Do you feel bad towards Paris?
SALOMON: No, not really. I don‘t feel bad. It hasn‘t really hurt her and I think she‘s enjoying her life. It‘s not ruining her life and it sort of ruined my life and now I‘m capitalizing on it.
ABRAMS: How did you guys decide to make this tape?
SALOMON: It was just, you know, very light. We had been together for a long time. I‘ve done it with numerous women. It‘s something that I enjoy doing, and I enjoy seeing myself you know having sex with...
ABRAMS: All right. How did the tape get out? You say that it was stolen. Tell me the story.
SALOMON: That‘s correct. I had the tape at my house. I kept it there. And you know I had my buddy, he had access to my house for a couple of years and he was obsessed with me and he ended up making a copy of the tape, and he had it.
When I was getting phone calls saying they had the tape, they had the tape, and I was saying it was impossible. I had it locked up at the time in my safe. And you know sure enough, there was a tape and he had made a copy of it, and the rest is history.
ABRAMS: And I read somewhere that your ex-girlfriend, Shannon Doherty, was also shocked by the release of this tape?
SALOMON: She‘s my ex-wife... and she was for sure, definitely shocked.
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