When you sleep with someone aspiring to be the next Kim Kardashian, you take your chances.
That’s the lesson NFL star Von Miller is learning the hard way as he works overtime to prevent the distribution of a tape filmed several months back during a vacation in Mexico.
The Smoking Gun reports that the 27-year-old Super Bowl MVP is doing his best to issue a restraining order barring his sex partner from selling the tape.
And who is she? A certain smoky beauty named Elizabeth Ruiz, who was indeed issued a temporary restraining order barring her from distributing, copying, or releasing the footage filmed on her smart phone.
She did, at least, offer to sell Miller the tape for $2.5 million, which is the polite thing to do under such circumstances.
Miller has a lot to lose with the release of a sex tape, including endorsements from Microsoft, Best Buy, Adidas, Old Spice, and Beats by Dre, and one of the NFL’s top-selling jerseys. As one of the NFL’s most loved stars, his fanbase is wide-ranging — he even got slimed last July during the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.
According to court papers, Miller and Ruiz met during a Cancun vacation in late June. Ruiz filmed the act “while they were alone in doors” and the plaintiff “insisted at all times that the recording be kept private.”
Ruiz and Miller spoke on the phone after he returned to the states, and he took that opportunity to reiterate that he would very much appreciate it if she kept their intimate moment together private and special.
“Gotcha,” she reportedly said. Which isn’t such a vote of confidence under the circumstances.
Two months later, after Miller’s new nine-figure contract was announced, an L.A. businessman named Kevin Blatt contacted Miller to discuss the sale of his sex tape with Ruiz who, he revealed, had lofty dreams of becoming the next Kim Kardashian.
The bottom line is Ruiz wanted $2.5 million “to transfer ownership of the recording,” or else she’d release it.
She’s described in court papers as “itchy” (?) and someone who “could care less about the law.”
Ruiz was unwilling to talk to The Smoking Gun about any of the legal documents, which portray her as a wily con artist seeking to “shame and humiliate” Miller.
Pithily, Miller’s lawyers allege that while Ruiz “desperately craves fame and fortune,” she’s at least “willing to settle for fortune if she could not also achieve fame.”
As they say, it’s all who you, erm, know.