While the Kardashians attended the Met Gala, a jury delivered a verdict in Blac Chyna’s $100 million defamation case against the family—and ruled in favor of the Kardashians with no damages awarded to Chyna. The jury found that none of the Kardashians had defamed Chyna, nor did they interfere with her E! contract. Chyna had alleged that the Kardashian family influenced the network to cancel her reality show, “Rob & Chyna,” in which she co-starred with Rob Kardashian.
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Chyna, a model and influencer, who is Rob Kardashian’s ex-fiancée and the mother of his 5-year-old daughter, Dream, sued the Kardashian family, claiming they had damaged her reality TV career.
“Rob & Chyna” aired for one season on E! in 2016. Chyna’s lawsuit centered around the cancellation of the series, asserting that the Kardashian family falsely informed producers and network executives that Chyna had violently attacked Rob Kardashian in December 2016, leading to the show’s termination. The Kardashians and E! executives argued during the trial that, although filming may have been continuous, the show was never officially approved for a second season, and therefore, there was nothing to cancel.
Blac Chyna’s $100 million defamation case against the Kardashians reached a verdict with the jury ruling in favor of the Kardashians and no damages awarded to Chyna. Chyna claimed that Kris Jenner orchestrated a plan to use their influence to pressure E! into canceling the reality show “Rob & Chyna,” while the Kardashians and show executives argued that it ended due to the couple’s breakup, which was integral to the show’s premise.
Despite finding that the Kardashians “often acted in bad faith,” the jury concluded that it had no substantial impact on Chyna’s contract or the fate of the show. Text messages and emails presented as evidence showed the Kardashians expressing negative sentiments about Chyna and suggesting they might cease filming “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” if Chyna remained involved. Kris Jenner, however, testified that she lacked the power to influence the network’s decisions.
The trial, which lasted 10 days, featured the Kardashians, including Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner, all testifying. The proceedings also brought reality television producers and executives to the stand, with Ryan Seacrest giving a virtual testimony. The trial attracted moderate attention, considering the high-profile nature of the defendants. Even Pete Davidson attended one day to support his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian.
The case centered on Blac Chyna’s 2017 lawsuit, where she alleged abuse by Rob Kardashian and held the Kardashian-Jenners responsible for the cancellation of their short-lived show. Chyna’s lawsuit included claims of defamation, assault, battery, domestic violence, and interference with prospective economic relations. In response, the Kardashian family countersued, asserting that Chyna was the aggressor in the alleged attack on Rob.
Last week, Rob Kardashian testified about the reported abuse he suffered during a heated altercation in December 2016, a critical event leading to the show’s cancellation. According to Rob, Chyna choked him with a phone cord, pointed a gun at his head, and struck him with a metal pole. Chyna, when testifying, characterized these actions as playful or “silly” and described holding the gun as a “joke.”
The Kardashians sought to dismiss all of Chyna’s claims, arguing that they lacked supporting evidence. The family’s attorney, Michael G. Rhodes, contended that Chyna’s claims were baseless and lacked documentary evidence, economic analysis, or expert testimony. While one defamation claim against Kim Kardashian was dismissed due to a lack of proof, other claims, including interference with a contract against Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner, as well as defamation claims against the latter three, remained for the jury’s consideration.