Jury Begins Deliberation in Blac Chyna V. Kardashians Trial | Entertainment News

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By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors began deliberations Thursday during a trial in former reality TV star Blac Chyna’s lawsuit against Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, who she says , spread false stories of abuse to ruin his television career.

In her closing argument, Chyna’s attorney, Lynne Ciani, argued that it was unreasonable for the four women to believe her client violently attacked her former fiancé Rob Kardashian.

“Forget who they are; forget how famous they are,” Ciani told the jury. “Was it reasonable for the defendants to believe their son or brother’s version of events that he was brutally attacked?”

In emotional and often angry testimony, Rob Kardashian said at trial that he feared for his life on the night of December 14 and the morning of December 15, 2016, when Chyna twice held a gun to his head, pulled a phone-charging cable around his neck and hit him repeatedly with a metal rod while he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine.

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He testified that the violence left no visible injuries and that he did not report the attack to anyone, and his mother and sisters said the same when each spoke up.

“He had no marks on him,” Ciani said. “There was no call to the police, no trips to the hospital, not even a bandage.”

Chyna is suing the four women for defamation and interference with contract, alleging they were seeking to have the couple’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” spin-off “Rob & Chyna” canceled before its second season.

Kardashian attorney David G. Rhodes argued during his closing that the women had every reason to believe the accounts of the attack on Rob Kardashian and Kris Jenner’s longtime boyfriend Corey Gamble. who arrived on the scene, broke up the dispute and was a key defense. witness.

“Do you remember how Rob looked on the stand yesterday? His pain was real,” Rhodes said. “It’s a real family. Yes, they are famous, but they are real people. He was very seriously injured here.”

The four defendants were in the front row of the courtroom for closing arguments, as they were for most of the nine-day trial.

Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend, ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Pete Davidson, sat in the back of the courtroom during the closings and greeted her with a hug and a kiss in the outside hallway before that they and the rest of the family are ushered by deputies into a private room. waiting area they used throughout the trial.

In her testimony, Chyna said an all-night celebration of the announcement that their show was going to have a second season turned into an uphill battle when Rob Kardashian picked up his phone looking for evidence of communications with d other men, but it was never violent.

She testified that she had playfully wrapped the phone’s charging cord around her neck and picked up her still unloaded gun from the nightstand, as a joke. She admitted that in her anger she had broken some things.

“There was damage to a gingerbread house; there was a damaged TV,” Ciani said. “And that’s where it stopped.”

Rhodes focused on the gingerbread house in his argument, in which he cast Chyna as a desperate publicity seeker for a piece of what the Kardashians have.

“Why would you attack a gingerbread house in your rage? What does it represent?” Rhodes said. “It represents everything about the Kardashian brand – it’s over the top, it’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s almost silly, and when she saw this gingerbread house, she vented her anger over everything it wasn’t going to be.”

Rhodes argued that regardless of what happened between the couple, the show ended because their relationship ended, as all of the executives overseeing the show testified during the trial.

“It wasn’t his show,” Rhodes said. “It’s not the ‘Chyna and Rob’ show, it’s not the ‘Chyna’ show, it’s the ‘Rob KARDASHIAN and Chyna’ show. It was a show about a relationship. C is central to the whole affair.

Both Ciani and Rhodes focused in their closing arguments on Kris Jenner, who the lawsuit says was the “ringleader” in Chyna’s avoidance attempt.

The jury will have to decide whether his text message to the lead producer of “Rob & Chyna” saying “Chyna beat the s (asterisk) (asterisk) (asterisk) out of Rob’s face” was defamation.

“She doesn’t talk to the police. She doesn’t talk to anyone to try to get medical help for her son. She’s talking to the showrunner,” Ciani said. “She knew it was wrong.”

Rhodes asked the jurors to consider why Jenner would believe the attack happened.

“Because the man she was in bed with at 7 a.m. goes over there, comes back and says, ‘Rob just got his s (asterisk) (asterisk) (asterisk) beaten’,” Rhodes said. “She sees her son and he says the same thing.”

In the civil case, nine out of 12 jurors will have to agree on whether each of the Kardashian defendants knowingly lied about Chyna abusing Rob Kardashian, or spread the word about it with contempt. reckless for the truth. The same number will have to decide if each unlawfully interfered with Chyna’s contract with E! network, which aired both “Rob & Chyna” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

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