The Los Angeles jury found that none of the famous family members defamed Chyna or interfered with her contract by calling the E! Network to cancel their reality show Rob & Chyna.
The four Kardashian defendants attended most of the trial, but when the verdict was read, they were all in New York at the Met Gala, where this year’s theme was Gilded Glamour.
Chyna was in court for the verdict. She had no visible reaction.
After approximately 10 hours of deliberation, the jury found on the lengthy jury form that the Kardashians often acted in bad faith regarding the issues raised in the case, but that this had no material impact on Chyna’s contract or the fate of the show, and she was not awarded any damages.
Executives from E! Network, which aired the show, testified that “Rob & Chyna” ended because the relationship ended, not because of the defendants’ actions.
The jury was reviewing the defamation case against Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner after a judge dismissed the part of the lawsuit against Kim Kardashian mid deliberations.
All four women testified during the nine-day trial.
The trial focused primarily on allegations that Chyna violently assaulted her then-fiancé and reality TV co-star Rob Kardashian one evening and one morning in December 2016. He testified that she held a gun to his head twice and a phone charger cord wrapped his neck and hit him with a metal rod. She testified that she put the cord around his neck and playfully held the gun as the two celebrated their reality show renewal, and when the celebration turned into an argument she was never violent towards him.
But the legal issues the jury considered all revolved around the aftermath of that fight. The jury had to determine whether each of the defendants knowingly lied about the abuse when they spoke to the producers and executives of “Rob & Chyna” about it, or whether they spread it in reckless defiance of the truth. And they had to decide for each defendant whether those communications constituted an illegal interference with Chyna’s contract to appear on the show.
The jury was free to make a separate decision — ruling against some of the Kardashians but not others.
Instead, they cleaned up the family and gave Chyna nothing.
The 5-year-old lawsuit overcame many obstacles – including motions to dismiss and settlement talks between the two sides – and went a long way to even getting to court.
But the final obstacle in convincing a jury proved too much to overcome.
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