A public sex tape scandal can either make or break a celebrity’s career. To see if some of the most famous ones came out in the wash, let’s take a look back.

1. Kim Kardashian and Ray J

Ray J and Kim Kardashian
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Many believe the infamous sex tape between Kim Kardashian and ex-boyfriend Ray J helped launch the mogul’s career.

In 2002 the former couple recorded a roll in the hay using a hand-held camcorder while they were vacationing in Cabo for Kardashian’s 23rd birthday.

Five years later, the tape was released to the public as a 41-minute film called “Kim Kardashian, Superstar” by porn company Vivid Entertainment.

Kardashian, who at first sued to prevent the tape’s release, ultimately settling — opened up to Oprah in 2012 about regretting ever making the tape, saying she felt “humiliated.”

2. Farrah Abraham and James Deen

Farrah Abraham and James Deen
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Among former “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham’s escapades is a sex tape with celebrity porn star James Deen in 2013.

Rumors swirled that the video was intentionally leaked for publicity when Abraham and Deen were spotted holding hands outside of Vivid Entertainment (the company also responsible for releasing Kardashian’s sex tape).

Abraham initially denied the rumors, later admitting she was behind the whole thing, which said she made to immortalize her young figure. The film reportedly sold for nearly $1 million.

3. Colin Farrell and Nicole Narain

Colin Farrell and Nicole Narain
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Colin Farrell made a sex tape with Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain in 2003, and, two years later, the footage leaked for the world to see.

Narain had allegedly struck a seven-figure deal with Internet Commerce Group (ICG) to release what Farrell claimed was intended only for their eyes only. He sued Narain for attempting to sell the footage, and they reached a settlement in 2006.

Farrell has said he thinks he was high at the time the tape was made.

4. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee

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Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee had no idea a video they made together of … marital bliss while on their honeymoon would one day become the watershed moment for celebrity sex tapes. But after they locked it away, in 1995, a disgruntled electrician stole the safe that contained the footage and released the tape, making an estimated $77 million in less than 12 months.

Anderson has since revealed that she and Lee never made a penny off of the video.

“I made not one dollar,” the actress told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live.” “It was stolen property. We made a deal to stop all the shenanigans. I was seven months pregnant with Dylan. And I was thinking it was affecting the pregnancy, the stress. I said, ‘I’m not going to court anymore, I’m not being deposed anymore by these horny, weird lawyer men.’ I don’t want to talk about my vagina anymore.”

5. Hulk Hogan and Heather Cole

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Hulk Hogan was caught up in years of legal battles after a sex tape of him with the wife of his best friend, Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem, was leaked.

A now-infamous 1-minute-41-second clip shows the wrestler engaging caught in the act with Heather Cole. Hogan claims the encounter was filmed without his knowledge.

In 2012 Gawker published the tape on their website and Hogan, bankrolled by Gawker enemy Peter Thiel, sued for invasion of privacy. Hogan was eventually awarded $140 million, causing Gawker to declare bankruptcy.

Hulk can’t deny the situation has been lucrative: He was awarded $110 million from a lawsuit against Cox Radio over the sex tape in March.

6. Paris Hilton and Rick Salomon

Paris Hilton and Rick Salomon
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Paris Hilton and ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon made one of the most talked-about sex tapes to ever exist.

In a grainy video, some of which was recorded in “night vision,” Hilton is seen engaging in sexual intercourse with Salomon.

In 2004, Salomon sold the sex tape shortly after Hilton’s reality TV show “The Simple Life” debuted, causing a media storm.

The film, titled “One Night in Paris,” was distributed by Red Light District. The rights to the video have since been bought by Vivid.

Hilton claimed she was “out of it” during the making of the sex tape, causing Salomon to sue her for defamation. The hotel heiress then counter-sued him for releasing the tape, and she was awarded $400,000, which she planned to donate to charity.

Hilton has since revealed she “Never received a dime from the video.”

7. Rob Lowe

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Rob Lowe nearly ruined his career with a sex tape in 1988.

The actor, then 24, was filmed having sex with a 16-year-old woman he met at a nightclub. At the time, the legal age of consent in Georgia was 14 (later raised to 16) but her appearance in the tape was illegal.

Lowe made the tape the night before he came out to support Mike Dukakis at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. Another chunk of footage with Lowe and his friend Justin Moritt engaging in sexual intercourse with a model was also leaked at the time.

The scandals put Lowe’s career on hold for the better part of the following decade. In 2019, he said it was the best thing that ever happened to him because it helped him sober up.

8. Kevin Hart and Montia Sabbag

Kevin Hart and Montia Sabbag
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Kevin Hart was embroiled in a sex tape scandal in 2017 when a woman he engaged in sexual activity with claimed she had no idea the couple’s act was being recorded.

Montia Sabbag reportedly threatened to extort Hart with the footage but he refused to pay and publicly apologized to his children and wife — who was pregnant at the time.

In September 2019, Sabbag filed a $60 million suit against the comedian, claiming he filmed her without her knowledge. The case was dismissed in early May.

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