Key moments in Blac Chyna’s trial against the Kardashians

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To keep up with the Kardashians over the past two weeks, she would have had to spend a lot of time in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse, where they have been watching and testifying in a lawsuit trial. filed against them by former reality star Blac Chyna. In a verdict delivered Monday while defendants Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner were in New York attending the Met Gala, the Kardashians emerged victorious. Here’s a look at the scene, the surroundings, and the case that stopped them.

THE ADJUSTMENT

The Stanley Mosk Civil Courthouse is among the most traveled by celebrities in the world. The famous divorces decided here alone could fill a walk of fame. Kim Kardashian appeared on video at a Mosk courthouse in February to be declared single in her ongoing divorce from Ye, and appeared here in person to finalize her divorce from her former husband, Kris Humphries.

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

Still, the court has rarely seen such a constant presence from such a well-known group of stars.

THE SCENE

All of the Kardashian defendants were expected to testify in person during the trial. But many in court were shocked, and a small star lit, when the four walked around in business suits on the first day of jury selection, which turned into a public forum where dozens of potential jurors voiced their negative feelings. about the family. . (Some proudly proclaimed their fandom.)

The women sat in the front row of the courtroom (there were too many to sit at the defendants’ table) for most of the trial. Kim Kardashian, who is studying law, often carried a folder and took notes.

Court security escorted the family to the courthouse through an underground parking garage. The women waited nearby in a guarded room until proceedings were about to begin, then officers led them down the hall to the courtroom. That brisk walk still provided memorable moments, like when Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend, “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson, greeted her with a kiss after appearing during closing arguments.

Private security guards, smartly dressed men in sports jackets with revealing earphones, were both in the courtroom and outside. At the noon break they brought food to the secluded room from places like Urth Caffe, a popular Los Angeles lunch spot.

The Kardashians’ treatment is common for high-profile parties with court issues due, as their attorney told a potential juror, to the “dark side” of fame. Some have had to get restraining orders from this court because of the harassers.

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

The 200-seat courtroom was rarely more than half full during the 11 days of the trial. About a dozen reporters were in the room throughout the proceedings. Unlike the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial that took place simultaneously in Virginia, which was televised and may have stolen some of the din from these proceedings, cameras were not allowed. A couple of cartoonists provided the only images.

COSTUME

Chyna’s lawsuit was filed in 2017 in the wake of her engagement to Rob Kardashian. She originally alleged that six women in the Kardashian family had defamed her by falsely spreading the word that she had physically abused him and interfered with her contract by convincing E! network to cancel their “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” spinoff, “Rob & Chyna.” She sought as much as $108 million.

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

THE STORIES

Kris Jenner’s two days on the stand generated drama when she testified that she feared Chyna was going to “murder” her son Rob in December 2016. She broke down in tears as she described being already vulnerable because Kim Kardashian had been tied up in Paris for armed people. thieves who stole $10 million worth of jewelry just a few months earlier.

Rob Kardashian, who appeared only to testify, also had a dramatic and emotional moment on the stand, saying Chyna held a gun to his head twice and hit him with a metal bar.

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

Kardashian’s attorney, Michael G. Rhodes, took advantage of this in his closing argument. “Who does that? 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 suppress a laugh.

Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner were on the stand briefly, and their testimonies weren’t especially memorable. The judge dismissed Kim Kardashian as a defendant in the defamation part of the case when she decided that no violating statement had been identified.

Apparently, the jury didn’t find either of the Kardashians’ stories terribly compelling. They found on the verdict form that they had often acted in bad faith and were not justified in what they told executives, but found that her statements had not affected Chyna’s television career or the fate of her show. .

THE SAGA

The legal fight is far from over. Chyna’s attorney says he will appeal the verdict. And a separate set of accusations against Rob Kardashian alone will be heard in another trial in about a week.

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