“I’m not going into a toxic work environment,” Kardashian said of her refusal to work with Chyna. “In my own show, I have the ability to do that.”
Kardashian spoke for an hour in a Los Angeles courtroom in a civil suit in which Chyna alleges that Kardashian and three other members of her family slandered Chyna and convinced the producers and E! network to cancel spin-off show Rob and China.
Her testimony was mostly unremarkable – most of the time she said “I don’t remember” – but as the biggest star ever to testify in a court full of stars, she caused a stir as she walked from the gallery to the witness box. podium. in a dark gray pinstripe suit with white sneakers. The moment she retired, several reporters ran out of the courtroom to write stories.
China’s lawyer Lynn 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 how she sent them, although she did not deny their likely legitimacy.
“I don’t remember the text messages I sent this morning,” Kardashian said.
In response to watching one text exchange, a long conversation with a producer from Bunim Murray’s production company, which produced both shows, Kardashian admitted that “it definitely sounds like I would say.”
In it, she expressed her anger that Chyna could still film Keeping Up with the Kardashians, in which Chyna occasionally appeared alongside her own show.
“I think we all need to take a break from filming right now until we figure out what’s going on. She will not be on our show,” the text reads. “So if you guys are going to shoot with Rob and Chyna, then you’re going to lose the Kardashians and Jenner.”
The text exchange includes several seemingly murderous claims regarding Chyna being filmed for “her” show, but Kardashian insisted it was a quirk of technology.
“This is clearly voice-driven, like everything I write for so long, and sometimes the word “our” is translated as “hers,” said Kardashian. “I would never call her show ‘her’ show, I would say ‘Rob’s show’ since it’s a spin-off of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
She added that the recipient, Amanda Weinstein, did not work on Rob and Chyna.
Kim Kardashian said the text messaging showed that she and her family had no power over what the producers and the network ultimately decided about the show.
“No one listens to us, no one respects us,” one of the text messages says.
What they could do was to refrain from participating in the Keeping Up with the Kardashians cause.
“I have the right as an actor to say that we really need a break,” said Kardashian.
Much of the trial, now in its seventh day, including testimony from Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, and sister Kylie Jenner, focused on the fight between Chyna and Rob Kardashian on December 15, 2016, which led to the couple’s final split. canceling their show.
Ciani asked Kardashian if she saw any injuries on her brother that day.
“I just remember how he was very emotional at that moment, and it was all really so blurry,” Kardashian said. “I remember it was very red, but I don’t remember anything in particular, it just looked swollen and red.”
Asked repeatedly if she asked her sisters to tell executives and producers about the assault the lawsuit alleges, Kardashian said she didn’t remember it, eventually getting slightly mad at Chiani but staying calm.
“I know you want my answer to change,” Kardashian said. “You asked the same question four times, I wish I had a better answer for you, but I just don’t remember.”
Asked specifically if she asked Kylie Jenner to send an email about this, Kardashian replied: “I don’t control my sisters’ lives and I don’t talk to them before they send emails.”
Video footage of the testimony of Ryan Seacrest, the American Idol host who co-created Keeping Up with the Kardashians with Kris Jenner, was presented to the jury later Tuesday.
Seacrest said that his role as an executive producer on Rob & Chyna did not include any responsibilities. He said that his contract with the Kardashians automatically gave him the title for any spin-offs.
But he promoted the series, including on his radio show.
When asked about his first impression of Chyna, he said that “she was bold and memorable.”
“Bold and memorable people make good television?” Chiani asked him in the video.
“Sometimes yes, sometimes no. In the episode I saw, I must have thought yes.”
“Why?” Chiani asked.
“Because I kept promoting it,” Seacrest said.
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