An intimate video of Jennifer Lopez with her ex-husband Ojani Noa has been recovered.
Ojani’s manager Ed Meyer handed over the data drive which contains the footage to be locked in a safe deposit box at the City National Bank in Century City, California.
Jennifer’s attorney, Jay Lavely, will maintain possession of the key and although Ed was happy to part with the tapes he didn’t want to give them directly to Mr. Lavely.
He told E!: "Now there is an evidentiary chain. Before they just wanted me to hand it over to Jay Lavely and he would just put it in a drawer. We went with a bank so people will be photographed coming in and out and there is no tampering."
Before the tapes are locked up, Jennifer will be allowed to view the footage, as will Ojani and his current girlfriend Claudia Vazquez—who had tried to sell it for profit.
Ed has previously claimed there are "about 15-20 minutes of total nudity between all the different clips among the 27 hours of footage" of Ojani and Jennifer—who divorced after less than a year of marriage in 199— and he is believed to have sold it to his girlfriend Claudia for $1 so she could release it on his behalf after he was banned from doing so.
Claudia has been in possession of the data drive which contains the footage, but she now claims Ed Meyer has taken it from her house without permission.
Her lawyer Cris Armenta sent a letter to him demanding he appear in court yesterday (June 8) and return the tape.
The letter reads: "Claudia Vazquez will bring an ex parte application for relief, or whatever is proper, against you for removing home video data drive from Claudia Vazquez’s home.
"You were on notice of the order and using false pretences, you removed the drive from her house. You have been asked to return it by Claudia Vazquez, myself, and law enforcement authorities. Bring the drive with you to court. We intend to ask the Court to order you to hand the drive to Jennifer Lopez’s attorney’s immediately."
Ed confirmed he is in possession of the tape—for which 41-year-old Jennifer recently won an injunction against its sale—and he plans to take it to court.
He said: "I’ll be in court this morning with the data drive... I’m going to ask that a retired judge be appointed by the court to keep the videos instead of Jay Lavely, Jennifer’s attorney."