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Hirsch: Vivid Has Legal Rights to Distribute Mindy McCready's Sex Tape

Hirsch: Vivid Has Legal Rights to Distribute Mindy McCready's Sex Tape
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Apr 28, 2010 2:00 PM PDT    Text size: 
LOS ANGELES — Vivid Entertainment says it has papers proving the company has the rights to distribute Mindy McCready’s sex tape and plans to release the title May 4.

Vivid made public today a model release signed by country music star Mindy McCready, confirming that she transferred rights to a sex tape she made with her ex-boyfriend to a third party.

Vivid said it plans to move ahead with the release of “Mindy McCready, Baseball Mistress” to stores across the country and online.

Steven Hirsch, Vivid’s founder, said his studio, which obtained the tape from a third party last year, has turned the documentation over to McCready’s attorney, Adam Dread and is making it public to show “we have nothing to hide and we have all the appropriate documentation.”

The notarized model release specifically references "McCready ... eating dinner, relaxing and having sex. Mindy McCready is a country music star. (She was) over 18 when recorded. Footage is two hours, 40 minutes long."

"We acquired the video last year for our Vivid-Celeb line, believing that McCready's fame was on the rise because she was releasing a new album and she would be on the Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew show,” Hirsch said. "It was a very appealing package to us because not only is the footage exciting with very hot sex, but all of the paperwork was in order and we knew we were getting a completely legal product."

McCready's attorney had previously sent a "cease and desist" letter to Vivid asserting that the company had no rights to the tape.

"We do, in fact, have the rights to this material and we fully intend to market it," Hirsch said. "Our door will always be open to Mindy and she should feel free to contact me anytime."

McCready displays her sexual talents in the movie and describes the bedroom performances of Red Sox and Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens and other celebrities she's been involved with over the years.

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