Update: Thump, a VICE property, reported the possibility that the sex tape may be part of an elaborate hoax, and Jezebel seemed to later confirm this story was indeed not true. Users attempting to download the video experienced technical errors, and the only people who claimed to see it are friends of YACHT. Later, the band explained their intentions via Twitter:
Below is our original reporting of the story in earnest:
Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans are the central duo behind Los Angeles-based band YACHT, and have enjoyed a fruitful relationship since 2006 that is both professional and romantic in nature. On Monday, they made a lengthy announcement on their Facebook page acknowledging the unlawful invasion of their privacy through a leak of a sex tape they made for their eyes only.
"Due to a series of technological missteps and one morally abject person, a video that we made privately has been released to the public," Bechtolt wrote. "We have commenced legal proceedings against the aforementioned person, but now that it could potentially circulate, we feel like it's important for you to know what happened and why."
He didn't go into the finer details of the tape itself, but stressed that "it was intended for us only," and that he and Evans "don't feel the need to justify the reason we made it."
"Anyone reading this who has been in a long term partnership understands that preserving the relationship is an ever-changing and challenging thing. It's especially difficult when the lines between career and romance are as merged as ours are," he explained.
Understandably, such a flagrant violation of privacy would be devastating to anyone, and yet Bechtolt and Evans seemed to not only handle it with grace, but also savviness. Because the video was allegedly already on the internet, their seemingly choosing to take control of how it was distributed by directing interested people to an NSFW site (SFW link via Vulture) where they could purchase it directly seemed genius.
"We don't have any illusion that this tape is ever going to vanish completely from the internet," the site reads. "Instead, we've created a platform for you to purchase and download the video directly from us. If you absolutely must see this video, we ask that you refrain from downloading it from a torrent, or streaming it on a tube site. Controlling how this video is seen, and who profits from it, is the only form of agency we have left over this exploitative situation."
Although of course they would prefer no one ever had this sort of access to their sex lives, credit to Bechtolt and Evans for maintaining their pride and finding an incredible silver lining to a shitty situation.