According to a new report, Taylor Swift knew more people were listening to the conversation than just Kanye West.
In what people talk about as far as California's "confidential communication," TMZ claims that Taylor Swift knew it was being overheard, because in the full video, producer Rick Rubin, as well as others in the room, spoke up. She had no expectation of privacy, which clears Yeezy for having a tape.
In another report, TMZ claims that Taylor is still hoping to file a police report, but she's still claiming that she had "NO IDEA" that Mr. West had her on speaker. They are also saying that now Taylor wants the entire video released, because of the whole "it hasn't shown him calling me 'that b****' in the song" clause of her "argument."
However, other legal teams, like the one E! decided to speak to, say that Kim and Kanye could still face a fine for releasing the video.
"Legal Expert" Troy Slaten explains the following to E!:
"It's a crime to record the recording of that illegal conversation as well... So, both Kim and Kanye face prosecution for a violation of California's [eavesdropping statute]."
"The potential criminal punishment on a misdemeanor for [this type of] violation is up to a year in county jail and/or a $2,500 fine," Slaten explained. "For a felony, it's up to three years in state prison and/or $2,500 fine on a first offense. On a second offense, it's up to a $10,000 fine. To decide whether or not it's a misdemeanor or felony the prosecutor takes into account a person's criminal history and the severity of the violation."
They also could be sued for defamation of character, which is a whole different story. Either way, we're pretty sure Kim has enough money to pay herself out of that one.
On the flip side, Taylor's Squad seems to remain pretty silent, for the exception of Selena Gomez, who got caught in the crossfire for saying that others should pay attention to "more important things" - which lead to the fact that Taylor and the rest of her crew have not spoken out about the recent violence going on in the world, whether it be police brutality or otherwise.
Other names are being drug into this, including Chloë Grace Moretz, who got slammed by Khloe Kardashian for something similar to what Selena said, which in turn caused a whole different feud (one where Ruby Rose denounced her love for KoKo). Other stars that have been slammed by Taylor have also come out of the woodwork, snarking lightly at the situation, as well as the sitch with Calvin Harris.
For example, Katy Perry retweeting herself in regards to Tay/Calvin:
Time, the ultimate truth teller.
And Camilla Belle, Joe Jonas's Ex, whom got slammed by Taylor back in 2009 in the song "Better Than Revenge":
See this Instagram photo by @camillabelle * 4,980 likes
On the flip, it seems that any one in Swift's Squad keeps making the situation worse, including Taylor's best friend Abigail Anderson, who was smart enough to delete her angry tweets (but not before they were screen capped), saying that she was praying for North West - hoping that "God will teach her" that "despite how many times she'll hear daddy reference all women as "b******", she isn't one." Bringing Ye's daughter into this is not the best move, Abby.
Guys...I will always stand by my best friend. There's no point in fighting over than. #BlessIt
So as the Squad empire falls apart, Taylor's doing visits to hospitals in Australia, Tom Hiddleston is filming (and possibly fearing for his life) and Calvin Harris has moved on with someone who has some stellar dance moves (Tinashe), there's really only one person benefiting from all this:
Rihanna is on both tracks - "This Is What You Came For" with Calvin Harris and "Famous" from Kanye West, so she's practically rolling in the dough from two feuds that she has zero responsibility for. #BBHMM indeed.
Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”