Kanye West + Kim Kardashian Win $440k Suit Over Leaked Proposal Video
When Kanye West chose to get down on one knee and propose to Kim Kardashian in Ocotober of 2013, the moment was intended to be a strictly private affair. West rented out all of the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park and booked the Chicago Symphony to perform live as he met his bride-to-be and popped the question. The entire moment was recorded by a professional camera crew and intended to be a season highlight on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but there was just one problem: tech mogul and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley was also in attendance. And he had his cell phone out.
Hurley leaked grainy video of the proposal to his at the time fledgling video siteMixBit, reportedly violating a strict confidentiality agreement with E! and earning himself a lawsuit from both Kanye and Kim. Now, a judge has ruled in favor of the couple, and Hurley must pay $440,000 in damages over the next few days. The Associated Press had reported that Hurley's legal team had attempted to make the case that MixBit was exempt from the agreement, but now it's become clear that their hopes have been dashed. "Hurley proceeded to try to turn the event into one starring himself, broadcasting the images he knew were the exclusive property rights of someone else," Kimye claimed in their lawsuit, adding that the video leak was exploited as a means of generating interest in the new video site. Hurley has already tweeted a pithy response to the ruling, which you can read below.
\u201cBreaking! :) I'm matching the Kimye settlement with an additional $440k to my foundation that will reward selfless individuals. Stay tuned!\u201d— Chad Hurley (@Chad Hurley) 1440694648
Watch Hurley's leaked video of the proposal below, if you so desire.