The Teairra Mari sex tape has leaked in full, and the Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star is pissed. Teairra, whose social media presence has been noticeably more low-key ever since she returned from a successful stint in rehab last year, was quick to condemn the leak, which has nonetheless spread quickly online.
(To their credit, few outlets appear willing to host Teairra’s sex tape in its entirety; one notable exception is Gossip in the City, though they do have the clip behind a paywall.)
It’s not yet clear exactly who leaked Teairra’s sex tape, or how the leaker got access to it. Teairra’s official statement, which she shared via Twitter shortly after footage surfaced, mentioned only that “soomeone who [she] felt was deserving of her love and trust” had “compromised” the footage.
Additionally, Teairra’s strong statement made no apologies for the footage existing in the first place. Ever since the multiple rounds of leaked celebrity cell phone nudes known as “The Fappening”, public attention has become more focused on tracking down the people who violate women’s privacy, and less on condemning women for having private lives.
Here’s Teairra’s complete statement on the sex tape leak; you can view it in the original here:
Recently, my social media was compromised by someone who I felt was deserving of my love and trust. That person proved to be untrustworthy and posted footage of what in the moment was private and sacred. Moving forward, I recognize the need to be more cautious and discerning. My hope is for women to remain strong and dignified when they find themselves having to address hateful and juvenile acts by former lovers who find it difficult to act in an adult manner.
Revenge P0rn is a crime in California and I will be in pursuit of justice.
Unfortunately, this is only the most recent time a member of the Love & Hip Hop family has had private photos or videos find their way onto social media. It was only a few months ago that current LHHNY star Safaree Samuels, who used to feature on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood alongside Teairra, woke up to discover that footage of himself posing nude had gone viral.
And earlier this year, former reality TV star Blac Chyna likewise vowed to seek justice against the people responsible for leaking her sex tape online.
It does seem like attitudes toward celebrity sex tapes and revenge p0rn in general are changing — albeit slowly. A quick scan of reactions to Teairra’s tape reveals some pretty eye-rolling stuff. But, as the good people over at Best Reality Blog pointed out, what Teairra is doing on the tape is hardly shameful — or unique. Bonus points for invoking the “Your mama” defense in a positive way:
Stop saying teairra Mari got exposed. She was having sex… like… the rest of the world. Your mama was in that same exact position the night you were conceived. Might be right now hell but who cares. Get over it! #LHHH
— BestRealityBlog (@BestRealityBlog) May 9, 2018
Love & Hip Hop Hollywood‘s new season is expected to begin airing this summer. Despite widespread speculation to the contrary, Teairra Mari will be a part of the cast for the new episodes.
(Photo credits: Teairra Mari sex tape via Instagram)
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