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Kim Kardashian testified Tuesday that she did not recall making any attempt to kill the reality show starring her brother Rob Kardashian and his former fiancée Blac Chyna. But she acknowledged that she demanded that Chyna be kept away from “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” after hearing that Chyna had abused her brother.
“I do not want to go into a toxic work environment,” Kardashian said of her refusal to work with Chyna. “On my own show, I have the power to do that.”
Kardashian took the stand for an hour in a Los Angeles courtroom in a civil lawsuit in which Chyna claims that Kardashian and three other members of her family slandered Chyna and convinced the producers and E! network to cancel the spinoff show “Rob & Chyna.”
Her testimony was mostly imperceptible – she spent a lot of it saying “I do not remember” – but as the by far biggest star testifying in a trial full of stars, she attracted attention as she walked from the gallery to the witness stand wearing a dark gray pin-striped suit with white sneakers. The moment she stepped back, several journalists rushed from the courtroom to file stories.
Chyna’s lawyer Lynne Ciani showed Kardashian a series of text messages from late 2016 and early 2017 with Kardashian’s name attached.
In any case, Kardashian said she did not remember sending them, even though she did not deny their probable legitimacy.
“I do not remember the text messages I sent this morning,” Kardashian said.
In response to watching a text exchange, a long conversation with a producer from production company Bunim Murray, who produced both shows, Kardashian admitted that “it certainly sounds like something I would say.”
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In it, she expressed anger that Chyna might still be filmed for “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” in which Chyna occasionally appeared along with her own show.
“I think we should all take a break from filming at this point until we find out what’s going on. She’s not going to be on our show,” the text read. “So if you’re going to film with Rob and Chyna, then you’ll lose the Kardashians and Jenners.”
The text exchange includes several seemingly judgmental claims about Chyna being filmed for “her” show, but Kardashian insisted it was a distinctive feature of technology.
“This is clearly voice-dictated, like everything I write is so far, and it sometimes renders ‘our’ as ‘her,'” Kardashian testified. “I would never refer to her show as ‘her’ show, I would say ‘Robs show’ as it’s a spin-off of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’. “
She added that the recipient, Amanda Weinstein, did not work on “Rob & Chyna”.
Kim Kardashian said the text exchange showed she and her family had no power over what the producers and the network ultimately decided on the programs.
“Nobody listens to us, nobody respects us,” reads a text message.
What they could do was withhold their own participation in the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” case.
“I have the right as a cast to say that we really need a break,” Kardashian testified.
Much of the trial now on its seventh day, including testimony from Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, and sister Kylie Jenner, has focused on a fight between Chyna and Rob Kardashian on December 15, 2016, which led to the couple’s final breakup and their show. Is cancelled.
Ciani asked Kardashian if she saw any injuries to her brother that day.
“I just remember he was super emotional at the time, and it’s all really such a blur,” Kardashian said. “I remember he was really red, but I do not remember anything very specific, just that he looked swollen and red.”
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Asked if and how she had told the show’s producers or anyone from E! network about Chyna attacking her brother, she said she can not remember, but she acknowledged that it probably came up at meetings on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
“Typically, it would be every family member who said what they felt and what they went through, and said if we had photoshoots or things we would plan for filming,” she said. “I want to be honest in my concern for my brother. But I’m not very sure where or when and how that would have happened.”
Asked repeatedly if she asked her sisters to tell managers and producers about the attack, as the lawsuit claims, Kardashian said she had no recollection of doing so, and eventually she became mildly angry at Ciani, but remained apprehensive.
“I know you want my answer to change,” Kardashian said. “You’ve asked the same question four times, I wish I had a better answer for you, but I just can not remember.”
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Asked specifically if she had asked Kylie Jenner to send an email about the question, Kardashian replied, “I do not check on my sisters’ lives, and I do not have conversations with them until they send emails.”
The Kardashians’ lawyer, David G. Rhodes, declined to cross-examine her, but he intends to put her back in the stands when he presents the defense case, which he plans to do with all the Kardashian witnesses.