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Blac Chyna Suing The Kardashians: What is the Trial About?

Angela Renée White, professionally known as Blac Chyna sued her former fiance Rob and the Kardashian family (sans Kourtney and Kendall) for damaging her brand. The trial for the long-standing defamation suit filed by the American model commenced on 18th April.

The Rob & Chyna star is the mother of Rob Kardashian’s son, who is the half brother of Kendall Jenner. The trial began with jury selection and Kris Jenner gave her second testimony on April, 22nd on behalf of her son. Read on to know what happened

What is the Trial About?

The bitter conflict between Blac Chyna and Kris Jenner’s son Rob Kardashian began in 2017 when she alleged that her former fiancée Rob and the Kardashian family damaged her brand. She also alleged that Rob leaked her nude photos online before the said cancellation.

A defamation suit was filed by Blac Chyna seeking more than $100 million in damages for the cancellation of the reality show Rob & Chyna which streamed on E! for one season in 2016.

In retaliation, the Kardashian filed court papers stating that they were never involved in the cancellation of this show and were just looking for Rob’s safety. The legal document state the following reply by the Kardashian family:

“During an alcohol and drug-fueled rampage, Chyna violently attacked Rob, strangled Rob with an iPhone charging cord, repeatedly struck him with her fists and a metal rod and threw a chair at Rob’s car as he drove off to escape her attack.”

On the other hand, in 2017, Blac Chyna wrote on Twitter,  “When they got my #1 hit show killed back in January 2017, that not only hurt me financially and emotionally, that hurt my beautiful KIDS,” Chyna wrote in a statement on Twitter on April 2.

“I’m taking them to court to stand up for my legal rights and to be an example to my kids that ‘what’s right is right, what’s wrong is wrong.’ And what they did was so wrong. I am so thankful that a jury will finally listen to what happened behind closed doors — the lies that were told and the damage that was done.”

When did the Trial Begin?

The trial began on April 18, 2022, in the Los Angeles court wherein Kim, Khloe, Kris and Kylie appeared to witness the jury selection. There is a court sketch that confirms their presence. However, Rob wasn’t present on the jury selection day.

On April 21, 2022, Blac Chyna revealed in the court that the second season of “Rob & Chyna” could not proceed after she sought a Temporary Restraining order against Rob in July 2017.

About the Testimony

Rob’s mother Kris Jenner gave her second testimony in court on 22 April 2022 and stated that “I was told she put a gun to his head and she was drinking…I can’t imagine how that must feel to have a gun pointed at your head.” 

Kris Jenner stated in her testimony that Rob Kardashian was assaulted by Chyna on December 14, 2016, at Kylie’s Hidden Hills home. Chyna pointed a gun at him, choked him with a phone cord and hit him with a metal pole. She even ripped open his shirt. On the other hand, Chyna stated that she was playing a prank by using a gun.

Television producer Jeff Jenkins, who was one of the original EPs on KUWTK also testified in the court and said, “I am not surprised that E! pulled season two because it is very difficult to shoot a show when Rob and Chyna didn’t want to talk to each other.” 

He added, “They were just disgusted with each other, and it was hard to get them in the same room, let alone live together.” Jenkins also said that the first season of “Rob & Chyna had solid ratings. He said, “The premise is two people living together in love.”

Jenkins made a strong point in his testimony by saying that the producers even tried to put the controversial couple under therapy to reconcile but Chyna refused to do so. Therefore he left the conversation thinking the show would be over.

The Two Sides

The Kardashians are represented by Michael Rhodes who painted Blac Chyna as an opportunist who wanted to become a part of the famous family. In his opening statement, Kardashians’ lawyer said that “She wanted to be one of them.” 

Blac Chyna’s lawyer Lynne Ciani alleged that the Kardashians conspired to ruin her client’s career. She also added that Blac has worked for years to build everything from scratch, both professional and personal life. To crash it all, Kardashian got her reality show cancelled.

Michael was asked by Chyna’s lawyer about the role of network executives in proceeding with another season amid the court order.  Lynee asked if they prevented another season or not. Michael simply replied, “yes”.

A heated argument took place regarding the signature made by Chyna. Michael maintained that Chyna willingly accepted $100,000 to allow the termination of the second season after filming had begun.

Chyna’s lawyer disputed the allegation and Chyna also stated that even though it’s her signature, she never put it there. She testified, “I would never sign…for $100,000 to kill my number one show,” Chyna said. “That’s my signature, but I didn’t sign it.”

Michael asked Chyna about her deposition testimony about Kris Jenner and her daughter who are also the co-defenders in the case. She said, “Everything to my face was all good,” Chyna said. “I now know what they did to me behind my back.” However, she did accept that the Kardashian and Jenners had nothing to do with the unflattering social media portrayals of business.

Rhodes also about the appearance of suing Kris Jenner at the same time the Kardashian family matriarch is trying to help the plaintiff’s daughter with her financial future. Chyna  “Yes, that’s a nice thing to do for her granddaughter.”

The claim regarding the “humiliating and degrading” photos of Chyna is being tried separately. If we go by the current testimonies, it appears that the Kardashians have an upper hand in the said case. Keep reading for more updates about this trial.

Mallika
I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.
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