After two weeks of dramatic testimony — and just two days of deliberations — the $100 million trial pitting Blac Chyna against the Kardashians has ended, with a Los Angeles jury siding with the reality TV family in a resounding repudiation of claims made by the model, whose real name is Angela White. The verdict was announced on Monday afternoon, as Kardashian family members were 3,000 miles away in New York City to attend the annual Met Gala.
As TMZ reported, the court clerk asked the family attorney where they were, to which the attorney responded, “at some gala.”
Chyna filed her suit in 2017 alleging that the family defamed her and conspired to get Rob & Chyna, the 2016 reality show that she did with former fiancé Rob Kardashian, off the air and ruin her career. Meanwhile, the defense had argued that the couple’s breakup was to blame for the end of the show.
Judge dismisses Blac Chyna’s defamation claim against Kim Kardashian
A judge on Friday threw out part of the case against Kim Kardashian in former reality TV star Blac Chyna’s lawsuit while the jury deliberates on the elements that remain.
While Chyna’s lawsuit initially included Rob — the father of her 5-year-old daughter, Dream, and whom she was engaged to in 2016 — her allegations against him, including assault and revenge porn for posting explicit photos of her online, will be dealt with in a separate trial. In this case, her allegations pertained to Rob’s sisters Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, as well as his mom, Kris Jenner.
On Friday, a judge reportedly removed Kim from the lawsuit. Her lawyer had argued that none of the comments Kim had made about Chyna in communications with E! executives or her family members had been defamatory, and Judge Gregory Alarcon agreed. The other women were still named. Ultimately, the jury decided none of them was liable and no damages were awarded.
Here are some of the more notable moments that went down in court during the trial:
Rob Kardashian says Blac Chyna put a gun to his head and tried to kill him
He alleged that she had held the gun, strangled him with a cord from a phone-charger and hit him with a 6-foot metal rod in a much discussed December 2016 incident. “She tried to kill me,” Rob told the court during his testimony on April 27.
In all, he said Chyna had beat him at least five times.
Chyna’s attorney argued that Rob had not show any signs of a beating the day after she allegedly hit him, asking, “Did you have as much as a Band-Aid on you?”
“I just told you it didn’t leave a mark on my face!” Rob responded. “And the gun to my head two different times during the night didn’t leave a mark to my temple!”
Chyna had testified previously that she was never violent toward him. Her attorney said that, if he had really thought his life was in danger, he would not have left their daughter in the house.
Blac Chyna says wrapping cord around Rob’s neck was a joke
“I came up behind him, doing that jokingly,” Chyna said under oath on April 20. “I just went like this to get his attention.” He had been playing a video game. She said the move came on Dec. 14, 2016, the day they found out their E! reality show had received the go-ahead for a second season. However, the Rob & Chyna baby special that aired four days later would be the last of the episodes. She also recalled that she had picked up an unloaded gun that he kept on his dresser while he was on FaceTime with a friend, and Rob understood that she hadn’t meant any harm.
Rob’s mom had a much different story. According to her, the violent fight between the two left him rattled. “He was a mess,” Kris said in tears, noting that daughter Kim had been held at gun point in Paris just two months earlier. “I could only imagine how he felt.”
Corey Gamble says he saw Blac Chyna strike Rob
On April 27, Kris’s partner, Corey Gamble, testified that he witnessed Chyna punching Rob and hitting him with a cord from a phone-charger. It happened Dec. 15, 2016, when he rushed to the couple’s residence, after Kris had received a call from her son. When Gamble arrived, he said, he watched Chyna throw down a metal rod, then punch Rob and hit him with a cord.
“By the time she got to him, she started hitting him,” he said on the stand. “I was able to get in the middle of them two. I even got hit two or three times.”
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