Kim Kardashian Cleared of Defamation in Blac Chyna Trial
Kim Kardashian has been found not guilty of defaming Blac Chyna by a Los Angeles judge this Friday (April 29). Per documents obtained by Page Six reveals the court ruled that “no statement” made by the Skims founder, 41, was “alleged to be defamatory” against the Rob & Chyna star, 33.
Chyna’s team previously argued they only needed to prove that each defendant in the case — including Kim, Khloé Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kris Jenner — took a “responsible part” in defaming Chyna, whose real name is Angela White. However, the court agreed that there is “no evidence” to support that Kim had a “responsible part” in defaming Chyna, the documents say.
The ruling was based on the lawyers’ arguments, the court record and papers from the counsel. Although Kim was absolved of the defamation charge, she can potentially still be accused of intentional interference with a contract. As we earlier reported, Chyna has accused the Kardashian-Jenner family of using their influence to cancel a potential second season of her and ex-fiancé Rob Kardashian’s E! reality show.
Jeff Jenkins, former executive producer of the series, testified last week that networks including BET, VH1, Lifetime and MTV were also uninterested in picking up Rob & Chyna. Chyna is seeking over $145 million ($109,635,021 in economic damage and $36,000,000 in general damages for emotional distress).
The Kardashian-Jenner family’s attorney, Michael Rhodes, tried to get the case dismissed altogether last Friday, arguing that Chyna’s claims were “absurd,” adding that the total damages amount is based on “unsupported and wildly speculative claims” since she has not provided the appropriate accounting records.