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Rick Salomon is best known for his relationships with various female celebrities.
As the son of a former executive vice president at Warner Bros, Salomon grew up in the affluent and celebrity-filled world of Hollywood. From the ages of 15 to 20, he was reportedly a drug dealer to various entertainment industry stars, eventually quitting to become a professional gambler and pornographer. During this time he has been linked with such celebrities as Drew Barrymore, Paris Hilton, Kirsten Dunst, and Pamela Anderson.
Salomon first rose to national prominence during his short and volatile marriage to actress Shannen Doherty. A messy public split was followed by an anullment after only nine months, with Doherty reportedly upset with Salomon's continuing relationship with Hilton.
In 2003, rumors of a sex tape featuring Hilton and Salomon surfaced. The tape leaked onto the internet, and Salomon filed suit both against the company distributing the tape and the Hilton family, who he accused of tarnishing his reputation by suggesting that he had exploited Paris. Salomon further claimed in his $10 million suit that the Hiltons were implying that Paris was underage when the tape was made, and were attempting to crush him to preserve the image they had created for her.
After a few months, Salomon started to distribute the tape himself through his own company and was sued by Paris Hilton. This suit was settled, with Hilton receiving $400,000 and a cut of the profits from the tape.
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