Brandi Passante Wins Porn Tape Lawsuit; Hunter Moore's Sex Video With 'Storage Wars' Star Fake, Judge Says [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter June 23, 2013 10:19 AM EDT
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Was Brandi Passante from "Storage Wars" in a porn? The reality TV star sues $2.5 million over alleged fake tape. Credit: Instagram/BrandiPassant

Brandi Passante of Storage Wars knows the value of a dollar — or $2.5 million of them, to be exact — which is the exact amount she tried to sue porn giant Hunter Moore for after he allegedly leaked an X-rated video starring the A&E reality star.

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You don't know who Moore is? Let us explain: The 27-year-old controversial porn peddler had been called the "most hated man on the Internet" after he created the "revenge porn" website Is Anyone Up? The website capitalizes on a new genre of erotica, which Gawker once dubbed "Stalker Porn." It allows users to anonymously submit nude photographs or streaming of media of any person (of legal age) to its database where it is then distributed. The website features an eclectic number of people. Everyone from your neighbor's ex-girlfriend to the star of A Day To Remember can be found on the salacious site.

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Storage Wars star Brandi Passante was soon added to the not-so-auspicious list. Passante was incensed. She said the reportedly leaked porn tape was fake. And to compensate her for the allegedly bogus sex video she felt she was owed $2.5 million. According to reports Passante found out on Twitter that she was apparently starring in the porn scenes. She then decided to file a complaint in California federal court to prove the X-rated video was a sham. Since then Passante has been reportedly suffering from anxiety, physical illness and lost sleep, worrying her family, friends and children could see the sex video.

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Do you think the sex tape of Brandi Passante was fake? The "Storage Wars" star wins lawsuit over Hunter Moore. Credit: Instagram/BrandiPassant

Despite Passante's plea to take down the pornographic video, which used allegedly "fake footage and photographs" and starred a woman that closely "resembled" the TV star, Moore decided to leave it up to draw more controversy and revenue to his website.

"I'm not a virgin to cease and desists. I get about a million a day. I don't give a f---. I'm never going to stop," Gawker wrote. The porn mogul explained why he loves when people, like Passante, sue him over his Website's content. "People threaten me with lawsuits every day, which is funny, because it fuels the site. ... The people that get mad hate my site and want to take it down. They send me all this crazy stuff, but at the same time they're just building content for my site, which just makes me more popular."

After a long, drawn-out battle about the sex tape the Storage Wars star finally won the lawsuit against Moore proving that the video was in fact a fake. Although the Federal Judge James V. Selna did rule in Passante's favor, he did not grant her the multimillion request. Passante was awarded $750 (a far cry from the number she had in mind), had the fake video taken down, and the distribution of the bogus porn tape was also discontinued.

Passante will now only officially star in the A&E reality show Storage Wars, which premiered in 2010. Passante, who is referred to as "the Young Guns" with Now and Then thrift store partner Jarrod Schulz, can be seen Sunday nights on the network.

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