Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West want a former bodyguard to zip it.
According to a June 1 report from TMZ, the reality TV star and the rapper have threatened to sue Steve Stanulis for more than $10 million if he talks about working with them again.
The pair sent the former bodyguard — a retired police officer and onetime Chippendales dancer who's now an actor-director (he recently worked on the Tara Reid movie "5th Borough," which comes out June 3) — a cease-and-desist letter after he appeared on the "Hollywood Raw" podcast in May and shared old stories about his time with Kanye.
On the podcast, Steve talked about the music artist and fashion designer's "ridiculous rules" for employees, like having bodyguards stay 10 steps behind the rapper while walking down a city street. He described Kanye as extremely stubborn, claiming, "you can't talk to the guy," and said the rapper also "got mad at me for being in his shot" when photographers were snapping photos of him outside a studio space in New York City.
While Steve described Kanye as "the hardest worker," he also said the rapper was "the neediest celebrity," "the most moody" and "the worst tipper" at restaurants, Insider reported.
Steve — who's previously worked for stars like Leonardo DiCaprio (aka "the nicest celebrity") and Tobey Maguire (aka "the kindest") — also recounted a story about how Kanye walked into the wrong hotel room at the Waldorf-Astoria while "intoxicated." A standoff situation followed, according to Steve, as a "confused" Kanye tried to figure out where he was and the Italian dignitary who was staying in the room tried to understand why a random man was in his space.
"We don't have to be best friends," Steve said of Kim's husband. "But if I'm there to protect you — if something happens and in some sort of way, I get hurt, or you're expecting me to do something like jump in front of you — you've got to have some level of respect."
According to Kimye, Steve made "false and defamatory" statements during the podcast — though they don't specify which ones are wrong — and violated a confidentiality agreement they signed in February 2016. TMZ further reports that the couple previously threatened to sue Steve in May 2016 and that time also demanded a public apology.
Steve's publicist, however, insisted that the bodyguard-turned-actor has done nothing wrong. "…No breach of any confidentiality agreement was done. My client went on a podcast to promote his new film, and old stories that were already out there were brought up," rep Zack Teperman told TMZ. "For Kanye and Kim's counsel to send out a threatening letter to bully my client against his rights is unwarranted. My client has already made it clear that he respects Kanye, their time working together."
The rep added, "If Kanye and Kim wish to continue this further, that is up to them, but I think their time and money would be better suited helping out with more pressing matters in our society than what happened many years ago."