A lawyer for Blac Chyna told a jury that the Kardashian family worked together to smear her reputation and ruin her television career, a court has heard.
Kris Jenner and her daughters Kim KardashianKhloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner were in court Monday and Tuesday, and all are expected to speak.
The four women are charged in a lawsuit brought by Blac Chyna, the ex-fiancée of Kardashian’s lonely brother, Rob.
Chyna, a model and former reality TV star whose legal name is Angela White, is suing the family for $100m (£77m) over lost earnings since the 2016 spin-off ended after one season, as well as for the loss of celebrity earning power. resulted.
During opening statements at a trial in Los Angeles on Tuesday, a lawyer claimed that Kris Jenner falsely accused Ms. Chyna of physically assaulting Jenner’s son, Rob Kardashian, in an attempt to cancel the show. couple’s reality show, Rob & Chyna.
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“Kris Jenner has decided to have Rob and Chyna called off,” Chyna’s attorney, Lynne Ciani, told the jury as Jenner and the other Kardashian women sat front row in the gallery.
“And she brought her three daughters to help her accomplish that.”
Michael G Rhodes, the defendants’ attorney, began his opening statement by introducing his clients and having them stand up, saying that Jenner “runs the vast empire this family has built from scratch.”
He also called Kim Kardashian “one of the most famous people in the world” and maintained that Ms Chyna really wanted what she had.
“The evidence will show you that Miss White would say or do anything to be part of this family,” Mr Rhodes said.
He said the E! Network canceled the couple’s show simply because they broke up, not because of the Kardashians’ machinations.
“There is no Rob & Chyna show if there is no Rob and Chyna,” he added.
Ms Chyna’s lawyer, Ms Ciani, detailed the couple’s whirlwind relationship and the crazy year of 2016 in the courtroom.
The former couple met in January, announced their engagement in April, announced they were expecting a baby in May, and in November started their reality show and had a daughter, Dream.
“They really clicked, and it was one of those relationships that once they clicked, it really moved fast,” she said.
One detail that both parties agree on is that on December 14 and 15, 2016, when Chyna and Rob Kardashian were celebrating their show’s renewal for a second season, the couple had a falling out and permanently damaged their relationship.
However, the various accounts of that day will take up much of the trial which is expected to last seven to ten days – with all four defendants due to appear.
Ms Ciani said Ms Jenner messaged the show manager saying Chyna beat her son with a pole and wrapped a phone charging cord around his neck so tightly it left marks.
She said unaired footage from the show would confirm he was not seriously injured.
Ms Ciani also claimed that Jenner used her daughters to publicize the alleged abuse to key people with power over the future of the show.
On the contrary, Mr Rhodes told the jury there was evidence of abuse, but said that, more importantly, the couple’s relationship effectively ended that day, along with any real future for the show, but he pointed out that it was months before a decision was made. this.
Chyna spoke in the final minutes of the day and began by describing her youth and her initial big break when rapper Drake saw her working as a stripper at a Miami club and named her in a song. .
She will resume the witness chair today.
After a selection process that saw many would-be jurors express their contempt for the Kardashians and the world of reality TV on Tuesday, the two sides settled on a panel of eight men and eight women for the trial.
Chyna is also suing Rob, but the differences in her allegations against him prompted the judge to split that part of the case into a separate trial that will follow this one.