Kris Jenner falsely accused Blac Chyna of physically abusing Jenner’s son Rob Kardashian to force the cancellation of the couple’s reality show Rob & Chyna, Chyna’s attorney said in a Los Angeles court.
Hyna, a model and former reality star whose real name is Angela White, is suing the Keeping Up With The Kardashians matriarch and her daughters Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner for lost revenue from the spin-off’s ending in 2016 after one season and the resulting loss of prominent earning power.
“Kris Jenner wanted Rob & Chyna canceled,” attorney Lynne Ciani told the jury in the trial’s opening statement, as Jenner and the other Kardashian women sat in the front row of the gallery.
“And she brought her three daughters to help with that.”
Defendants’ attorney Michael G. Rhodes began his opening statement by introducing his clients and letting them stand up by saying that Kris Jenner “manages the vast empire that this family has built from the ground up,” and Kim Kardashian famous people called “one of the world’s greatest”.
He said Chyna wanted what they had.
“The evidence will show you that Miss White would say or do anything to be part of this family,” Rhodes said.
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He added that the E! Network not because of any machinations by the Kardashians, but because the couple broke up.
“There’s no Rob & Chyna show if there’s no Rob and Chyna,” Mr Rhodes said.
Ms Ciani opened up about the couple’s turbulent relationship and wild 2016.
They met in January, announced their engagement in April, announced they were having a baby in May, and in November they started their reality show and had a daughter, Dream.
“They really clicked, and it was one of those relationships that, once they clicked, went really fast,” Ms. Ciani said.
Both sides agree that on December 4, 2016, a day when Chyna and Rob Kardashian were celebrating their show’s renewal for a second season, the two got into an argument that permanently damaged their relationship.
The various reports of this day will take up a large part of the process, which is expected to take seven to ten days. All four defendants are expected to take the witness stand.
Ms. Ciani said that in messages to the show’s executive, Jenner said Chyna hit Rob Kardashian with a pole and wrapped a cell phone charger around his neck so tightly it left a mark.
But the attorney said unaired footage from the series would show he had not been seriously injured.
She said Kris Jenner used her daughters to inform key people with power over the future of the show about the alleged abuse.
Mr Rhodes told the jury there was evidence of abuse but added the couple’s relationship effectively ended that day, as did any real future for the show, although he said it took months for a decision to be reached to delete them.
Chyna took a stand in the last minutes of the day, detailing her early life and big first break, when rapper Drake spotted her working as a stripper at a Miami club and named her in a song.
She is suing the Kardashian family for defamation and interference in contracts for $100 million (£76 million) in the lawsuit first filed in 2017.
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