A judge on Friday dismissed part of the case against Kim Kardashian in former reality TV star Blac Chyna’s trial, while the jury considers the remaining elements.
Judge Gregory Alarcon ruled that Chyna’s lawyer Lynne Ciani made no statement during the trial of Kardashian, which was defamatory of Chyna.
The case against Kardashian for meddling in a contract is still alive. In its first full day of deliberations, the jury will decide on it and cases of both libel and contract interference against Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner.
Chyna’s lawsuit alleges that the women mistakenly told TV producers and executives that Chyna had violently attacked her then-fiancé Rob Kardashian in December 2016 in an attempt to get her reality show, “Rob & Chyna,” canceled.
Ciani claimed during closing arguments Thursday afternoon that the women had no reason to believe the attack had taken place, as testimonies, photos and videos from that time showed no significant harm to Rob Kardashian.
“He was not wearing a badge,” Ciani said. “There were no calls to the police, no trip to the hospital, not even a patch.”
Kardashian lawyer David G. Rhodes claimed during his closing that the women had every reason to believe the accounts of the attack from Rob Kardashian and from Kris Jenner’s longtime girlfriend Corey Gamble, who broke up the dispute and was a key defense witness.
“Do you remember what Rob looked like at the booth yesterday? His pain was real,” Rhodes said. “This is a real family. Yes, they are famous, but they are real people. He got really hurt here.”
Ciani gave clear examples of statements via text messages and emails from Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner and told the show’s producers and E! networks on which the program appeared on the abuse charge.
But the case she filed against Kim Kardashian was more vague.
After Alarcon read the jury’s instructions Thursday, Rhodes pointed out that there was no potentially defamatory statement from Kim Kardashian.
Ciani was angry at the allegation, but the frustrated judge reprimanded her, saying she had accepted the jury’s instructions before the trial began.
A similar argument emerged in court Friday over Alarcon’s unusual method of jury selection. Instead of electing 12 jurors and four deputies, the judge got the lawyers to elect 16 jurors and then randomly selected, after concluding arguments, which four were the deputies.
The judge again pointed out to Ciani that she had accepted the process before the trial.
In the civil case, nine of the 12 jurors must agree on whether three of the Kardashian defendants either knowingly lied that Chyna was abusing Rob Kardashian, or spread the word about it with ruthless disregard for the truth. The same number must determine whether each of the four illegally interfered in Chyna’s contract with E! network.
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