key moments in Blac Chyna’s lawsuit against the Kardashians | Entertainment News

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By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To follow the Kardashians over the past two weeks, you would have had to spend a lot of time at a downtown Los Angeles courthouse, where they watched and testified in a trial on a lawsuit brought against them by former reality TV star Blac Chyna. In a verdict handed down Monday as defendants Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner were all in New York to attend the Met Gala, the Kardashians were victorious. Here’s a look at the scene, the environment, and the case that attracted them.

Stanley Mosk’s Civil Courthouse is one of the most celebrity-frequented in the world. The famous divorces decided here alone could fill a walk of fame. Kim Kardashian appeared on video in a Mosk courtroom in February to be declared single in her pending divorce from Ye, and appeared here in person to finalize her divorce from former husband Kris Humphries.

In recent years, it’s been best known as the home of drama and colorful protests surrounding Britney Spears’ conservatorship. Keanu Reeves and Don Johnson have each attended most of the civil trials in which they have participated. Members of Michael Jackson’s family appeared during much of the long wrongful death case against his doctor.

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Yet the courthouse has rarely seen such a constant presence from such a well-known group of stars.

The Kardashian defendants were all expected to testify in person at the trial. But many in court were surprised, and a little star struck, when all four donned business suits on the first day of jury selection, which turned into a public forum where dozens of would-be jurors were able to express their mostly negative feelings about family. . (A few proudly proclaimed their fandom.)

The women sat in the front row of the courtroom – too many to sit at the defendants’ table – for most of the trial. Kim Kardashian, who studies law, often carried a binder and took notes.

Court security escorted the family into the courthouse through an underground parking lot. The women waited nearby in a guarded room until proceedings were about to begin, then deputies led them through the hallway to the courtroom. The brisk walk still provided some memorable moments, like when Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend, “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson, greeted her with a kiss after he introduced himself during oral arguments.

Private security guards – well-dressed men in sports jackets with telltale ear flaps – were both in the courtroom and outside. At lunchtime, they brought food to the isolated room from places such as Urth Caffe, a popular lunch spot in Los Angeles.

The Kardashians’ treatment is common for high-profile parties with court cases, due, as their lawyer told a potential juror, to fame’s “dark side.” Some had to get restraining orders in this courthouse due to stalkers.

But the would-be juror wasn’t entirely happy with that explanation, saying, “Does that mean they need Fiji water hand-delivered to them while they sit in court?”

The 200-person capacity courtroom was rarely more than half full during the 11 days of the trial. About a dozen reporters were in the room throughout. Unlike the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial taking place simultaneously in Virginia, which was televised and may have stolen some of the thunder from those proceedings, no cameras were allowed. A pair of designers provided the only visuals.

Chyna’s lawsuit was filed in 2017 following her engagement to Rob Kardashian. She first alleged that six women in the Kardashian family defamed her by falsely spreading that she physically assaulted him and interfered with his contract by convincing the E! network to cancel their “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” spin-off, “Rob & Chyna.” She asked for up to $108 million.

It was the kind of celebrity lawsuit that is usually dismissed or settled long before it goes to trial. But this one probably survived for five years. Two defendants, Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, were dropped during this time.

Kris Jenner’s two days on the stand were dramatic when she testified she feared Chyna would ‘murder’ her son Rob in December 2016. She cried when she described being already vulnerable because Kim Kardashian had been tied up in Paris by armed men. thieves who stole $10 million worth of jewelry a few months earlier.

Rob Kardashian, who only appeared to testify, also had a dramatic and emotional stint on the stand, in which he said Chyna held a gun to his head twice and beat him with a metal rod.

Chyna testified that she was never violent towards him, saying she playfully grabbed his gun and was joking when she put a phone cord around his neck. She admitted to damaging a television and a gingerbread house in her anger.

Kardashian’s attorney, Michael G. Rhodes, seized on it in his closing argument. ” Who do this ? A gingerbread house? he said. “It’s the happiest thing you can put in a house.” Davidson, in the back of the courtroom, had to stifle a laugh.

Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner were each at the helm only briefly, and their testimony was not particularly eventful. The judge dismissed Kim Kardashian as a defendant in the defamation part of the case when he ruled that no unlawful statements had been identified.

The jury apparently found none of the Kardashian stories terribly compelling. They found on the verdict form that they often acted in bad faith and were unjustified in what they told executives, but found that their statements did not affect Chyna’s television career or the fate of his show.

The legal battle is far from over. Chyna’s attorney says they will appeal the verdict. And a series of separate allegations against just Rob Kardashian will be heard in another trial in about a week.

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