Kim Kardashian, or someone who looks remarkably like her, has surfaced in a series of photos that reportedly come from a new sex tape. She launched her career with one in 2007. Could this be an attempt to do the same?

Kim was a nobody when she made the sex tape with then boyfriend, hip-hop singer Ray J. In February 2007, it suddenly leaked onto the Internet, and Kim became an overnight sensation.

Her image skidded off the tracks last October when she announced her divorce 72 days after marrying NBA star Kris Humphries in a lavish $18 million wedding.

She’s been trying ever since to rehabilitate herself. But if she thinks a sex tape will do it, she’s got another thing coming. The photos surfaced on hip-hip Web site MediaTakeOut.

Kim has said in numerous interviews that she regrets doing the tape with Ray J, and never intended for it to go public. Critics say she was part of the deal to sell it all along. Despite suing Vivid Entertainment over control of the tape, Kim ended up cutting a deal for $5 million. Kim also gets a cut of sales.

In the run-up to her marriage last year, sales of the tape exploded. More than two million viewers were drawn to the web site that sells her sex tape “Kim Kardashian Superstar,” up from normal traffic of about 300,000 viewers.

The latest photos, which are too graphic to post here, show Kim, or a Kim look-alike, performing fellatio on a white male. Some have speculated that the man in the photos is Humphries. If so, they could figure as evidence in their divorce.

The Internet is flooded with fake celebrity photos in various stages of undress and no star seems to be immune. Emma Watson and Miley Cyrus have both been the subject of such scams. This could be the case here.

Sources close to Humphries say Kardashian stopped having sex with him right after the wedding. If so, that could help substantiate his claims that the marriage was a fraud.