Kim Kardashian and her family sat on the front row of a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday as a would-be juror pressed their feelings about the celebrities to their faces.
Ardashian, her mother Kris Jenner and her sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner were present in court as they are defendants in a lawsuit brought by Rob Kardashian’s former fiancé, Blac Chyna.
“Anything to do with their names is a big no to me,” said one man. “I don’t think reality TV is good for society.”
Chyna, whose real name is Angela White, is suing the Kardashians for allegedly destroying her television career, and during jury selection her attorney Lynne Ciani asked dozens of candidates about their feelings toward the plaintiff, the defendants, and the reality shows , from which the case originates.
Another said: “I sincerely hope none of these people get richer from this.”
One woman said her teenage daughter tried to watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians when it first came on, but gave up.
“I don’t think they were the best role models,” she said. “I wouldn’t let her see anything that concerns her.”
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One panelist couldn’t wait to be asked. Shortly after sitting down, he was asked to provide his name, occupation, marital status and hometown, before adding: “And I just want to say that I have a very negative perception of the parties and I’m not sure I do.” could be impartial.”
The defendants did not appear to defend the disrespect. They chatted to each other and smiled during the breaks.
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But Judge Gregory W. Alarcon wasn’t entirely happy with the tone.
“I appreciate your honesty. You’re certainly not shy,” he told the panel. “But this is the sort of case, like all cases, where everyone is entitled to a fair trial. There’s a jury statement that says that the wealth of a party or the poverty of the party does not matter.”
The selection of the jury is expected to continue on Tuesday, the opening speech will follow.
The Kardashian women are expected to testify during the trial and were expected to attend at least parts of it, but their appearance for the jury’s selection came as a surprise.
Dressed in loose-fitting business suits, the mother in white, her daughters in black and grey, they were ushered in by security at the last moment before the jury was brought in.
A would-be juror who has worked on other cases said he didn’t like the spoiled treatment he felt the defendants were receiving.
Michael G. Rhodes, the Kardashians’ attorney, stated that court security drove her into the courtroom and escorted her into the courtroom for a reason.
“Do you understand that celebrity has a dark side,” said Mr. Rhodes, “and that famous people sometimes need extra reassurance?”
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“Does that mean they need Fijian water delivered to them personally when they sit in court?” the man replied.
The family also had supporters in the room.
“I’m a pretty big fan of the Kardashians, so I don’t think I’d be able to give an unbiased opinion,” said one young woman.
“I’m a huge Kardashian fan too,” said one young man. “I’ve watched it since I was little, so I don’t think I could be very fair.”
Chyna, a model and influencer, started dating lonely Kardashian brother Rob in January 2016, and by the end of the year they were engaged, had a daughter together and were starring in their own spin-off, Keeping Up With The Kardashians” called “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”. Rob and Chyna on the E! Network.
A second season was being filmed when the two split and the show was scrapped.
In 2017, Chyna sued the family for $100m (£77m).
The Kardashians denied any wrongdoing and said in court filings that they had legitimate concerns about Ms. White and fears for the safety of their son and brother due to the “violence and toxicity” of the relationship.
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