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Kanye West, Kim Kardashian sue YouTube founder for leaked proposal footage

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in New York, pre-engagement. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian would like you to respect their privacy.


No, seriously. And not just you, but anyone who tries to share their very special moments — like, say, their engagement — with the world without their permission.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the lovebirds are suing YouTube founder Chad Hurley for releasing highlights from Kanye’s proposal on Oct. 21 in San Francisco’s AT&T Park. (Our picks: The 50-piece orchestra on the field, “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!” on the Jumbotron, and the 15-carat rock on Kim’s finger.) Not that West and Kardashian didn’t know cameras were recording every second of the evening, or that they didn’t plan to broadcast every second on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

But, and this is the big but, they didn’t plan on someone else sharing it – or making money off the footage.

Oh, the humanity! As much as reality stars try to micromanage their lives for the cameras, they can’t always control the timing and. . .well, reality gets in the way.

The not-so-cordial split of Jon and Kate Gosselin in 2009 led to their swift and brutal fall as bankable cable stars. “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” struggled with how to address the suicide of Russell Armstrong, the husband of one of the featured socialites. And who can forget Tareq and Michaele Salahi, whose state dinner crash derailed the first and only season of the “Real Housewives of D.C.”

And as much as they try, the Kardashians have a hard time keeping their private lives under wraps: Kim is reportedly furious with ex-husband Kris Humphries for revealing that his proposal was re-staged because she didn’t like how she looked; mom Kris was not thrilled with the pregnancy and name announcements.

West and Kardashian probably have a case against Hurley because he, like all the guests at the engagement party, was forced to sign a confidentially agreement when he showed up at the park. The billionaire wasn’t personally invited; he tagged along with one of the other guests and was only allowed to stay after signing the document promising not to breathe a word about it. Lawyers for West and Kardashian claim he taped and then released the footage to promote MixBit, his new start-up.

“Hurley is well aware of such contractual restrictions including not to usurp a person’s right to tell a story on his or her own terms, and for his or her own emotional and financial benefit,” according to the lawsuit posted by the Hollywood Reporter.

West and Kardashian are asking for an unspecified amount of actual and punitive damages. Should be fun, if this makes it to trial.

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