- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Prosecutors could pursue charges against Kim Kardashian West for illegally recording a phone conversation between her husband, rapper Kanye West, and pop star Taylor Swift, People magazine reported Tuesday.

Ms. Kardashian West released the phone conversation via Snapchat on Sunday evening, the latest development in an ongoing feud between Ms. Swift and the Wests. Ms. Kardashian West claims the conversation proves Ms. Swift was lying about not being consulted prior to Mr. West releasing his 2016 single, “Famous,” which makes a less-than-flattering reference to the pop star.

Lawyer Gregory G. Brown told People that that while Ms. Kardashian West may have not recorded the call, she “does have exposure” for posting the recording online.

“It could be argued that she ‘aided and abetted’ or ‘advised and encouraged’ the crime,” Mr. Brown said. “If so, she can be treated as a principle in the case.”

According to the Digital Media Law Project, California is one of a minority of states which require all parties in a phone conversation to consent to recording a phone call for the recording to be legal. Federal law only requires the consent of one party in the conversation, as do 38 states and the District of Columbia, notes the DMLP.

Regardless of whether or not Ms. Kardashian West recorded the conversation, her public dissemination of it would be a clear-cut violation of California law.

If proven to have “willfully disclos[ed] the contents of a private phone call without permission from all parties,” Ms. Kardashian West could face up to a year in prison and $5,000 fine, Mr. Brown told People.

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