Kim Kardashian, the billionaire star of the Kardashian-Jenner universe, took the witness stand in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday and denied ever trying to unseat Blac Chyna’s TV career.
The aspiring lawyer and ex-wife of Kanye West read a series of text messages she sent to a keeping up with the Kardashians producer on March 16, 2017, and was adamant she wasn’t issuing an ultimatum to stop filming her own show if a second season of her brother’s spinoff with his former fiancée, Blac Chyna, rolls around.
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Kardashian, 41, said the seemingly most incriminating text shown to jurors was riddled with errors because she dictated it to her phone before hitting send.
“Every time I write something long, it’s dictated by voice,” she testified. It was day six of the libel trial involving allegations that she conspired with her mother Kris Jenner and sisters Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian to kill season two of Rob and Chyna using a combination of the family’s influence on E! Network and false allegations that Chyna physically assaulted Rob during an explosive fight on December 15, 2016, while the couple’s newborn baby, Dream, was in the same house.
Blac Chyna’s attorney, Lynne Ciani, read aloud Kim’s March 2017 text message to producers: “OK, I don’t know what to do at this point, but the level of disrespect is just unreal. Chyna told everyone she was on her show and she went to get Dream’s ears pierced with Rob on camera today We all specifically discussed that and said Chyna could never be on his show.
The message continued, “I think we all need to take a break from filming for a while until you know what you’re going to do because Chyna won’t be on our show. And that actually puts my brother in a bad position. He ends up crying all day, saying the only reason she showed up was because she was filming. So I think we really all need a break from filming to understand, do we want to be on a show that Chyna is on, because you know we don’t.
The text ended with the line that if the producers continue to film with Rob and Chyna, “then you will lose the rest of the Kardashians and the Jenners”.
Kim testified on Tuesday that she did not remember sending the message, but assuming she did, she was the victim of her phone misquoting her.
“In this text, you say you already took Chyna off her show, and now you didn’t want her to come. keeping up with the Kardashians longer,” Ciani said.
“No, that’s not what I’m saying,” Kardashian replied. “Nothing says nothing about me to get her out of his Pin up. This is clearly dictated by the voice. I think the ‘she’, where it says, ‘Chyna told everyone she was on his show, ‘it would be, ‘She’s on our Pin up.'”
Kardashian said the same error occurred in the line, “Chyna can never be on her show.”
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‘Again, that would be’our show, ’cause I would never call her show like his show,” Kardashian testified. “I would say Rob’s show, since it’s a spin-off of a Kardashian show. So I’m just saying, when I read this, what it means and what I was saying is : ‘Hey, it’s our show. We have the discretion of what we’re going to film in terms of content on our show if it has to do with any of us in the episode. So why would you you put my brother in a bad spot if he’s going to call us crying, saying, “She’s only showing up to film,” and she doesn’t want to hang out with him and try something else to make the relationship work, but just show up to film? Why would we put him in this situation if it’s our show? That’s not the Rob and Chyna Pin up. We cannot control the content they film. We can control what happens keeping up with the Kardashians. Why would we film with her? It makes perfect sense to me.
Ciani then asked if Kardashian knew, given her role as executive producer on keeping up with the Kardashiansthat after March 16, 2017, Chyna never shot another day on this series.
“No, I’m not aware,” Kim replied.
Ciani then confronted Kim with another text message in which she appeared to repeat the claim that she would stop filming if Chyna continued, despite a plan to simply “jam” Chyna if she appeared in background shots.
“No, we’re not going to jam her, it’s ridiculous, we just don’t want her. It’s honestly like that on the next level. I’m just, I’m going to officially take a break because I don’t want no longer do this because it’s so confusing it’s not happening, I can’t believe no one listens to us, no one respects us. It’s just not happening,” reads the text, also from March 16. 2017.
“So again, don’t you remember that after those text messages, Chyna didn’t film the show again at your insistence?” Ciani asked.
“I don’t remember any of those text messages. But I don’t deny that it’s me. Sounds like something I would say. However, again, the show is not listening to us. They have the power. And I have the right to take a break personally if I feel like I’m in a toxic work environment because it’s safe. keeping up with the Kardashians. But it doesn’t insinuate anywhere that I knew she never filmed after that. I only speak for myself. I’m just removing myself from a situation, which I had every right to do,” Kim testified. “I can only speak for myself and how I felt. I am talking about my personal break which is necessary.
According to Chyna, 33, she felt like the scenes from Season 2 of Rob and Chyna were still being filmed until 2017, since season 1 had been such a hit and the pair were still spending time together, trying to figure things out. Chyna claims she didn’t physically abuse Rob Kardashian during their fight on December 15, 2016 and only “destroyed” a gingerbread house, damaged a door and broke a TV out of frustration because Rob had stolen his phone and locked himself in it. a closet during a fit of jealous rage.
Chyna, whose legal name is Angela White, is also suing Rob for “revenge pornography” after he posted nude photos of her on the internet in July 2017. That lawsuit was split from the defamation suit and is to go to a jury. next month. . In a new filing Monday night, Ciani claimed the Kardashian-Jenner women’s attorneys allowed copies of the ‘revenge porn’ photos to be attached to documents placed near Chyna when she was cross-examined last week. . Ciani accused defense attorneys of launching “a deliberate and grossly unethical psychological attack” on his client who violated an earlier court order barring copies of the “massive trigger” photos from the libel suit.
“Upon seeing the nude photos of herself, Ms. White panicked and began to shake and cry uncontrollably. Defense attorney Michael Rhodes continued to relentlessly cross-examine Ms. White despite her obvious psychological peril,” Ciani wrote, asking for a legal remedy. She said Chyna became “compliant and withdrawn” after seeing the photos and deserves a chance to take the witness stand again. A hearing on the request is scheduled for Wednesday.
Before Kim testified on Tuesday morning, her sister Khloé spent less than an hour on the witness stand, defending herself in light of the trial allegations and a particular email she sent to a group including E! executive Jeff Olde on December 20, 2016.
“The sisters are clearly concerned and uncomfortable for the safety of our brothers and the credibility of the brand at this point due to the way they are both tarnishing it,” Khloé wrote in the email. shown to the jurors. She confirmed she was referring to her only sibling and Chyna after the couple’s Dec. 15, 2016, argument caused Chyna to move out of the Kylie Jenner-owned home that Chyna and Rob shared after the birth of their daughter.
Khloé’s email continued, “We don’t feel comfortable encouraging such volatile behavior and if we can put our foot down in any way, we believe it’s our job to do it. We are even considering not continuing our show if theirs continues. That’s how much we think it hurts our family.
Grilled on the last two lines, Khloé was much more combative than her sisters on the witness stand. She replied several times that there was “never” a season 2 of Rob and Chyna, and she was adamant that her family had no control over E! network, only the Kardashian brand.
“What I do know is that there was such volatile behavior from both of them, and we wanted to protect our brand and express our concerns about how outrageous, violent and chaotic it was. And we couldn’t sleep at night without saying something. Because if, God forbid, anything more happened, I mean, it would be absolutely terrible to live with that on our souls,” she testified.
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