Kim Kardashian Was Sued For Stealing $120K From Brandy & Ray J’s Mom Shortly After Infamous Tape Was Released

Ray J says they would still be together if not for the alleged robbery.

Kim Kardashian, Brandy, Ray J Instagram / Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock

Ray J is speaking out for the first time about a lawsuit filed by his mother accusing his ex-girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, of stealing from her.

Back in 2008, Brandy and Ray J’s mother, Sonja Norwood sued Kim Kardashian and her siblings for stealing up to $120K from her American Express card. 

Before the days of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and Kardashian's billionaire status, the reality TV star was relatively unknown.


Why was Kim Kardashian sued by Brandy and Ray J’s mother?

Kardashian had been working as Brandy’s stylist in 2004 and had been authorized to make one purchase on the credit card.

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However, Norwood alleges that Kardashian then passed the card to her siblings and continued to make purchases at the Kardashian-owned clothing stores, Dash and Smooch for a total of $120,636. 

“Investigation has revealed that the Kardashians used their two stores and other stores that I have never visited to take advantage of me. I very much look forward to having the Kardashians account for their misconduct in a court of law” Norwood said in a statement. 


The lawsuit named Khloe, Kourtney and Robert Jr. as well and seeks the money spent between 2006 and 2007 as well as 10 percent interest. 

“I did not want to commence litigation against the Kardashian family without conducting an exhaustive investigation into the charges and discussing all options, including criminal prosecution, with my family,” Norwood said in reports by People.

Brandy and Ray J reportedly convinced their mom not to press charges. 

Brandy and Ray J, who appeared in the infamous sex tape with Kardashian allegedly asked their mother to not take criminal action. 

“After Ray J and Brandy urged me not to file criminal charges because of their prior friendship, I decided to afford the Kardashians an opportunity to resolve this matter without a lawsuit,” Norwood said.


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“When the fraudulent charges were brought to their attention, they apologized profusely, and advised us, through their attorneys, that they would pay the debt in full. However, they have since reneged on that promise.”

The Kardashian’s denied the allegations. 

“The charges against the Kardashians are meritless. Both Kim and Khloe were employed by the Norwoods and never used their credit cards without their express authorization. The Kardashian family looks forward to proving the absurdity of these claims in a court of law” the statement from 2008 said.

During this time Khloe had also been working as Brandy’s personal assistant. 


The case was later settled out-of-court in 2009. The suit was dismissed on June 1 with prejudice which means the case could not be appealed or refiled. 

Ray J says he and Kim Kardashian could still be together if not for the alleged stealing.

 "Apart from them stealing money from my family, we would probably still be together now," Ray J told the DailyMail recently.

"But when that happened, I said I don’t want to be sleeping around with you no more – you stole money from my family. So that’s why we stopped speaking."

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Kim and Ray J's infamous tape was leaked in 2007, before the lawsuit was filed, and it has never been made clear who shared it or why.  


Ray J recently suggested that the tape had been released willingly by Kardashian and her mother Kris Jenner and has been rejecting the storyline that has been playing out on his ex's reality TV show.

The rapper deemed the claim that he had a "second tape" false.

The timing of the tape's release a year before Norwood officially filed her lawsuit has largely added to the rumor that Kardashian, in some kind of vengeful act, organized it's release.


Of course, the tape had already been shared by the time of the lawsuit but still, Kim's involvement in Brandy and Ray J's family drama is certainly interesting to say the least!

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Sydney Taylor is a writer who focuses on News and Entertainment topics.