KHLOE Kardashian’s ‘leaked’ bikini pic was taken by her grandmother MJ, new legal documents confirm.
In the wake of the picture going viral, the Kardashians called in a crisis management team to completely remove the snap from the internet.
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Although the reality TV family have previously claimed that an assistant took the viral shot of Khloe, new documents confirm it was in fact taken by her maternal grandmother Mary Jo “MJ” Shannon.
Kris Jenner’s mother is named as the copyright holder of the picture in a statement shared by lawyers who are removing the snap from Twitter.
The legal notice reads: “We are counsel for Mary Jo ‘MJ’ Shannon.
“Copies of a photograph, captured by our client, which captures her family member Khloe Kardashian in a private location (wearing a leopard print bikini), have been unlawfully posted online, without authorization.”
Although the 86-year-old is the copyright owner of the shot, The Sun revealed exclusively yesterday, it was Khloe’s team who posted it after a “miscommunication”.
A source close to the Kardashians told us that Khloe “freaked out” as her viral unedited photo was posted “by mistake” by her team and now feels “embarrassed”.
According to the informant, there was a “miscommunication” between the KUWTK star and her team about “what was supposed to be posted at the time.”
“She was freaking out and within minutes the photo already began circulating everywhere,” the source said.
The informant alleged that Khloe became emotional and “embarrassed” as she “knew this was going to be a big deal.”
“But the positive comments have genuinely seemed to help,” the source added.
Though many fans appeared shocked by the rare unedited glimpse at the Kardashian sister, a lot gushed how “beautiful” Khloe looked “naturally” and insisted she “doesn’t need photoshop” to look good.
Despite the compliments, the source went on to explain that Khloe is “fed up” with the “conversations around her face and body” as she is constantly accused of looking “unrecognizable” on Instagram.
The insider claimed: “She knows this is only going to escalate people’s opinions more. She’s pissed, quite frankly.
“At no one in particular just at the situation as a whole. But I think this morning she feels what’s done is done.
“She has been advised to keep quiet for now but Khloe being Khloe, she wants to come out and say something eventually. She’s still too sensitive to right now so she’s listening to her mom and going to think before she speaks.”
The photograph of the 36-year-old was taken at her mom Kris Jenner’s Palm Springs home and sees her beaming as she stands in front of the pool, in a tiny leopard print string bikini.
However, the family snap was said to have been shared by an assistant “without permission” and why Twitter users have reported receiving “legal threats” to take it down.
Previously, Tracy Romulus, chief marketing officer for KKW Brands, said in a statement: “The colour edited photo was taken of Khloe during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant.
“Khloé looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down.”
Fans have slammed the Good American founder’s efforts to scrape the photo from the internet.
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A second agreed, sharing: “@khloekardashian embrace the beautiful woman you are! You don’t need photo edits, show your daughter that it’s ok to show who you truly are and that beauty is what you make it in your own eyes.”
“I am not a fan of khloe kardashian at all but I think that she looks so beautiful in that unfiltered pic. i feel bad that she has such a warped perception of her real self,” a third commented.