Judge throws out part of Blac Chyna’s case against Kim Kardashian

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday dismissed part of the case against Kim Kardashian in the trial of former reality TV star Blac Chyna while the jury deliberates on the remaining items.

Judge Gregory Alarcon ruled that Chyna’s attorney, Lynne Ciani, did not provide any statement during Kardashian’s trial that was defamatory of Chyna.

The case against Kardashian for interference with a contract remains relevant. The jury is out on that and the defamation and interference with contracts cases against Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner.

Jurors returned home on Friday without reaching a verdict after their first full day of deliberations. Their instructions had to be revised after the Kim Kardashian decision, and the lawyers and the judge answered several questions they submitted. They are due to resume Monday morning.

A judge on Friday dismissed part of the case against Kim Kardashian in the trial of former reality TV star Blac Chyna.

Chyna’s lawsuit alleges the women falsely told TV producers and executives that Chyna violently attacked her then-fiancé Rob Kardashian in December 2016 in an effort to get her reality show, ‘Rob & Chyna,’ canceled. .

Ciani argued during oral argument on Thursday afternoon that the women had no reason to believe the attack had taken place, as witness accounts, photos and videos from the time showed no significant injuries to Rob Kardashian.

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

Kardashian attorney Michael G. Rhodes argued during his conclusion that the women had every reason to believe accounts of the attack on Rob Kardashian and Kris Jenner’s longtime boyfriend Corey Gamble. who broke off 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 injured very badly here.

Chyna's lawsuit alleges the women falsely told TV producers and executives that Chyna violently attacked her then-fiancé Rob Kardashian in December 2016 in an effort to get her reality show canceled,
Chyna’s lawsuit alleges the women falsely told TV producers and executives that Chyna violently attacked her then-fiancé Rob Kardashian in December 2016 in an effort to get her reality show, ‘Rob & Chyna,’ canceled. .

Ciani provided clear examples of statements via text messages and emails from Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, telling the show’s producers and E! network, on which the show appeared, about the abuse allegation.

But the case she made against Kim Kardashian was more vague.

After Alarcon read his instructions to the jury on Thursday, Rhodes pointed out that there were no potentially libelous statements from Kim Kardashian.

Ciani was angered by the claim, but the frustrated judge reprimanded her, saying she accepted jury instructions before the trial began.

A similar argument emerged in court Friday over Alarcon’s unusual method of jury selection. Instead of choosing 12 jurors and four alternates, the judge asked the lawyers to select 16 jurors and then choose by lot after closing arguments which four were the alternates. The judge again emphasized to Ciani that she agreed to the process before the trial.

In the civil case, nine of 12 jurors will have to agree on whether three 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 of the four unlawfully interfered with Chyna’s contract with E! network.

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