LOS ANGELES - The estate of the late Jimi Hendrix is disputing the authenticity of the 8mm footage seen in Vivid Entertainment's new release 'Jimi Hendrix: The Sex Tape'.
A statement to the press from Experience Hendrix reads:
"We, Experience Hendrix, the family company of Jimi Hendrix are aware of the release of the adult videotape which alleges to contain illicit footage of Jimi Hendrix. We strongly dispute the claimed authenticity and affirmatively state that Experience Hendrix is neither involved in, nor have we authorized the distribution of this film. Further, we deplore this unsubstantiated exploitation of Jimi Hendrix. We view the release as nothing more than a callous attempt to trade on the image and reputation of a deceased artist who is unable to defend himself against such an outrageous and baseless assertion. We are highly offended by the disgraceful portrayal.
While we do not wish to call undue attention to this desecration, we reserve all rights and remedies under the law to protect the character and legacy of Jimi Hendrix with which we have been charged and legally possess."
Vivid responded this morning with a statement from co-chairman Steven Hirsch.
"The press release from Experience Hendrix is not in any way a refutation of the authenticity of ‘Jimi Hendrix the Sex Tape.' Vivid took considerable time and spent a substantial sum of money to authenticate the footage and we are very comfortable that this is the real thing," said Hirsch.
Hirsch continued: "Anyone who believes it is not Jimi Hendrix in this video should come forward and prove it, rather than rely on their emotions to make baseless claims. It's worth noting that the primary nay-sayer about the tape is so-called expert Charlie Cross. How can Charlie say it ‘doesn't add up?' I'd like to know what he means by that since he told me personally that he only saw about 30 seconds at the beginning of the footage when Jimi was lying down with his face distorted. Cross also told me that Jimi never went anywhere without his 8mm film camera. So, are we that shocked that Jimi was a sexual person whose exploits were captured on film?"
Hirsch goes on to cite contradictory remarks made by Kathy Etchingham, a former girlfriend of the late guitarist who came forward last week to say that the man seen in the footage is not Hendrix. AVN pointed out Etchingham's inconsistent remarks in an article that appeared here.
"Since the release of the video on Wednesday we've been approached by others who may want to step forward to verify its authenticity and if they do, we will release their opinions in due course," Hirsch said.