Despite an earlier statement claiming that Vivid had the legal right to distribute “Mindy McCready, Baseball Mistress,” the company has announced that they are putting the film’s distribution on hold while they review their legal clearances.
From the press release we just received:
A steamy sex tape featuring singer songwriter Mindy McCready has been placed on temporary hold while adult studio Vivid Entertainment takes legal steps to prove it has the right to distribute it.
Vivid founder/co-chairman Steven Hirsch said he remains confident the studio has all appropriate legal clearances to distribute the video, “Mindy McCready, Baseball Mistress,” in which she talks candidly about the sexual performances of Yankees and Red Sox pitching great Roger Clemens and other celebrities she’s been involved with over the years. The video had been scheduled to go on sale April 19th.
“We’ve decided to take a little extra time to study all of our documentation and other clearances before we proceed,” Mr. Hirsch said. “I want a chance to review the correspondence from Mindy’s attorney, Adam Dread, and to prepare a proper response to the letter he has sent to us.”
Is this a graceful way of backing down from their claims? Was the whole thing a PR stunt to begin with? Are they hoping to get Mindy to change her mind with some sort of sweet Vivid contract? Only time will tell…but as soon as it does, we’ll let you know.
UPDATE: Vivid has promised us photos and a copy of the video, so it seems safe to say they really do plan to release the video. Excellent.