Taylor Swift Can’t Sue Kimye Over Phone Recording Because She Knew Rick Rubin Was Listening

By now, because we are all trapped inside an inescapable celebrity-industrial vortex that sometimes includes this very website, you have probably heard that Kanye West’s song “Famous” includes the lyric “I feel like me and Taylor [Swift] might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous,” and that Swift claimed she never approved the lyric, and that West’s wife Kim Kardashian later countered that she had video evidence of Swift approving the lyric and accused Swift of “playing the victim,” and that Swift threatened to prosecute West if he leaked the alleged video, and that Kardashian went ahead and leaked it anyway while Swift maintained they were assassinating her character because she wasn’t privy to the “bitch” portion of the lyric.

Now TMZ reports that Swift has no case against West and Kardashian because Swift knew other people in the room with West were listening in. Under California law, it’s a crime to release a “confidential communication” when the other party does not know they’re being taped, but “confidential communication” does not include conversations that “may be overheard.” According to TMZ, on the full-length version of the recording, Swift can hear Rick Rubin and several others contributing to the conversation. Thus, it looks like she’ll have to settle for writing the next “Bad Blood” about Kimye in lieu of legal recompense.