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Taylor Swift threatened to sue Kanye for recording phonecall

The rapper was reportedly threatened with legal action by Swift’s team back in February for recording their ‘Famous’ phone call without consent, a felony in California

Earlier today, the row between Taylor Swift and Kanye West over the rapper’s lyrics about her in his song “Famous” intensified when footage leaked by Kim Kardashian West showed the phone call that took place between Swift and West regarding the song, which she described at the time as a ‘compliment’.

Now, TMZ are reporting that lawyers representing Swift sent a letter to West’s legal team back in February, claiming that it’s a felony to record phone calls in California without the other party’s consent, and demanding that they destroy any evidence of the call taking place. An excerpt from the letter reads, “Demand is hereby made that you immediately destroy all such recordings, provide us of assurance that this has been done, and also assurance that these recordings have not been previously disseminated.” According to TMZ’s report, Swift has the right to sue West.

The TMZ report corroborates Kardashian West’s previous claim in June that Swift’s legal team had sent a letter about destroying the tapes (“They sent an attorney’s letter like, ‘Don’t you dare do anything with that footage,’ and asking us to destroy it.”). It also corroborates a report in The Sun that Swift knew about the phone call being recorded. At the time, Swift’s team responded that “Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term, ‘that bitch’ in referencing her... Kim Kardashian’s claim that Taylor and her team were aware ‘Famous’ being recorded is not true.”

Since the revelation, Swift has defended herself on her social media, writing earlier today, “Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone's emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.”