Former child bride Courtney Stodden has decided to donate the $1 million dollar fee Vivid reportedly paid her for a “unique” solo sex tape to charity, she told TMZ. She’s hoping the money will help animals or kids with cancer.
Stodden, 20, briefly pretended she wasn’t going to sell the tape (that TMZ reported she was actively shopping around), even having her lawyer demand the tape back from Vivid’s Steven Hirsch last week. She also introduced a sketchy, uncorroborated backstory involving one of her best friends stealing and copying the video because “he will stop at nothing to double-cross me.”
Acting publicly reluctant to release the sex tape you plan to get paid for is a time-honored strategy employed by other Vivid stars like Farrah Abraham, and Hollywood sex tape broker Kevin “KB” Blatt told Fox News that’s what happening here—Stodden’s deal had been locked down from the get-go.
Even if she donates the mil to charity—she claims she “doesn’t need it”—Stodden would still likely profit from the deal, which TMZ reported included some undisclosed “bonuses.” Various sites estimate her net worth at $100,000 and her much older husband Doug Hutchison’s at $3 million. (They reconciled last year after planning to divorce.)