- A juror said the former E! the president’s testimony convinced him in the Blac Chyna libel suit.
- Juror Michael Dandurand told Insider the trial was “entertaining” but could have been more concise.
- Ultimately, he said the ending of “Rob & Chyna” reminded him of an episode of The Three Stooges.
A substitute juror in Blac Chyna’s defamation case against the Kardashians says the former E! President Adam Stotsky’s testimony about the disappearance of the “Rob & Chyna” show reminded him of an episode of The Three Stooges.
Michael Dandurand, an alternate juror during the trial, spoke to Insider outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles immediately after the verdict was delivered Monday in favor of the Kardashian-Jenner family.
As one of four alternate jurors, Dandurand participated in all of the same evidentiary processes as the primary jurors and was present throughout the trial, including for the verdict. And while he ultimately did not replace any lead juror in the trial or contribute to the final verdict, his decision was made at the end of the trial.
In particular, Dandurand was influenced by Stotsky’s comments about the lifespan of “Rob & Chyna”.
“Without the Rob & Chyna couple, there was no Rob & Chyna show,” Stotsky told the court last week. “We couldn’t produce a show if there wasn’t a couple.”
Dandurand said he felt he understood why the show couldn’t have happened without a working couple. Logic reminded him of “an old Three Stooges documentary.”
Dandurand told Insider that in the documentary, the producers explain that the show’s creators kept trying to replace deceased Stooges members with new members, and ultimately tried unsuccessfully to run with “Two Stooges.”
“The contract company said ‘we hired Three Stooges,’ and you’re not that if you only have two,” Dandurand recalled.
Dandurand added that the trial was “entertaining as a juror” and said Chyna’s case could have been more successful had she “been used as a character witness later on.”
“She really looks like a victim, I think the issue for a lot of people in the jury room was the E! contract. Personally, I think she might have a claim against someone. other,” Dandurand told Insider.
During the trial, Kardashian attorney Michael G. Rhodes questioned Chyna about her claim that the midseason cancellation cost her tens of millions of dollars in future earnings during her 11-hour run. of testimony. In that line of questioning, he asked if she had any recent bank accounts or tax returns to demonstrate her financial situation.
“I don’t have a personal bank account,” Chyna replied, also admitting in court that she hadn’t filed a tax return in years.
A Los Angeles jury on Monday dismissed claims for defamation and damages against members of the Kardashian-Jenner family after nearly two days of deliberation. Although the jury found that none of the Kardashian-Jenners were liable for the damages, the jurors also admitted that some family members interfered with Chyna’s economic opportunities.
The decision ended the 9-day trial after testimony from several members of the famous family and dozens of sensational moments in the courtroom.
Chyna, whose legal name is Angela White, was seeking $100 million in damages from Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, alleging they unfairly insulted her at E! leaders five years ago after splitting from Rob Kardashian and it led to the cancellation of their ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ spin-off series, ‘Rob & Chyna’.
During the trial, Stotsky was one of several network and studio executives to testify. Her testimony echoed stories shared by other executives and the Kardashian-Jenner family, who insisted the toxic and volatile nature of the relationship was too much for television.
“That kind of acrimony in a relationship, especially with a small child, wasn’t something I wanted to be a part of,” Stotsky added. He also told jurors that the shows were greenlit for another season, but later canceled “all the time.”
He also explained that although the network approved the financial analyzes for season 2, they never officially exercised their contractual option to move forward with the series. Finally, he said the famous family never twisted his arm to cancel the show.
“They don’t have the power to do that,” Stotsky said.