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Can Taylor Swift Sue Kim Kardashian and Kanye West? Plus, More Burning Questions Answered

by Rachel Maresca 6:58 PM PDT, July 18, 2016
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Kim Kardashian did more than drop a mic on Taylor Swift’s ongoing feud with her husband, Kanye West.

The saga between the “Shake it Off’ singer and the Wests took a major turn on Sunday evening when Kim released a series of edited videos via Snapchat, which documented part of the 39-year-old rapper’s recorded phone call with Taylor, where they discussed some of the potential lyrics involving her on his track, “Famous.”

WATCH: Kim Kardashian Shares Video of Kanye West Asking Taylor Swift's Permission for 'Famous' Shout-Out

Now that fans have had time to digest the initial shock of Kim’s bombshell leak, we've got the answers to some of your looming questions:

Did Kanye break the law by recording his conversation with Taylor?

Depends what state Kanye and Taylor were in when the phone call was recorded. A source tells ET it is unclear what state the conversation took place in as Kanye records in a number of different cities. However, Taylor has made it very clear she did not consent to the call being recorded.

"That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet," she wrote alongside a statement posted to all of her social media pages Sunday night.

If either party was in California -- or any of the other many other states with a two-party consent law -- it would be illegal for him to record someone on the phone without their knowledge. Yet, if they’re in a one-party consent state (like New York), there would be no law broken.

That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.

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Can Taylor sue the Wests?

Yes. Even if Kanye didn’t break the law, Taylor could still file a civil suit for a number of reasons – defamation, emotional distress, false light, etc. But will she? It remains to be seen. However, a source tells ET that Kim was willing to take the risk of legal action against her in order to defend her husband. “She’s sick of it all,” our source said, adding, "Kim doesn’t regret it"

Why did Kanye record the call?

According to Kim, her hubby hires videographers to document every moment when he’s working on a new album – for both posterity and the possibility of a documentary.

"When you shoot something, you don't stop every two seconds and be like, ‘Oh wait, we're shooting this for my documentary," the 35-year-old reality star told GQ. “You just film everything, and whatever makes the edit, then you see, then you send out releases. It's like what we do for our show."

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When did Taylor find out their conversation was recorded?

Kanye released "Famous” on Feb. 11. Just four days later at the GRAMMYs on Feb. 15, the songstress took the stage to accept the award for Album of the Year, and gave a powerful speech about people “along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," which many assumed was a slam at Kanye.

And somewhere in that same month, ET can confirm Taylor’s legal team took action, issuing a sternly worded email that included this request: "Demand is hereby made that you immediately destroy all such recordings, provide us of assurance that this has been done, and also assurance that these recordings have not been previously disseminated."

As for how Taylor learned of the footage’s existence, it’s unclear. Kim speculated in GQ that someone from Team Kanye must have called someone from Team Taylor.

Why did Kim decide to finally share the Snapchats of Taylor and Kanye's conversation?

Kim waited to drop the footage after Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which was dedicated almost entirely to her and Kanye’s feud with Taylor. "Everyone who knows Kim and Kanye has known this video has existed, which is why everyone was so disgusted and confused,” a source close to Kim tells ET. “The decision to post the video on Snapchat was decided by Kim last minute -- it’s not something she premeditated."

According to our source, Kim felt the timing was right for people to see that her husband did "everything he could do to make sure Taylor had known about this and that she felt comfortable about it, and she essentially gave him approval."

Taylor argues that what you hear on the edited video is not approval. "While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot 'approve' a song you haven't heard," she wrote in a statement on Sunday night. "Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination."

MORE: Taylor Swift Responds to Kim Kardashian Leaking Her Phone Call With Kanye West

Kim vs Taylor: Whose side is everyone on?

Celebrities were quick to jump in and react to the shocking snaps on Sunday. Taylor’s BFF, Selena Gomez, defended her pal on Twitter, asking, “Why can't people use their voice for something that f--king matters?” Chloe Grace Moretz had a similar response, saying, “Everyone in this industry needs to get their heads out of a hole and look around to realize what's ACTUALLY happening in the REAL world.” Kim’s younger sister, Khloe Kardashian, fired back at the 19-year-old actress with a NSFW work tweet, later defending her actions. “I’m the last person to bully but have an animal instinct to protect and defend my family,” Khloe said.

The hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty also immediately began trending on Twitter. “People in Kim’s circle are really proud of her for doing this,” our source tells us.

For more on the feud, watch below:

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