A judge said Monday there will be split trials in litigation filed by the mother of Rob Kardashian’s toddler-aged daughter over whether she lost money after the cancellation of the former couple’s reality show, “Rob & Chyna.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Randolph Hammock said one trial will involved Blac Chyna’s revenge porn allegation against Rob Kardashian. In July 2017, her ex-fiance allegedly used social media to post photos of her naked breasts, backside and genitals. He also accused her of sleeping with another man in “the same bed Chyna and I made our baby in.”
He later took down some of the photos.
The second trial will deal with Chyna’s claims against Rob Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, as well as his sisters Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. Chyna alleges the four women falsely claimed she physically abused Rob Kardashian while they were a couple.
Chyna’s real name is Angela White. In her lawsuit, she alleges she suffered significant damages after the cancellation of her reality show with her ex-fiance. She alleges that E! Network would have granted a second season of the show but for false statements made against her, including alleged comments by the four female defendants to E! Network representatives in late 2016 and early 2017 that Chyna physically abused Rob Kardashian.
Both trials will be before separate juries, although Chyna’s attorney, Lynne Ciani, said she will speak with the defense attorneys to see if they are agreeable to a non-jury trial on the revenge porn claim against Rob Kardashian.
In her court papers, Ciani stated that Chyna should be able to take her revenge porn claim to the “relatively private venue of a bench trial” so as to protect her client’s “emotional health.” The alternative, Ciani said, would mean trying the claim “in front of a jury regarding the extremely humiliating and shocking pictures of (Chyna’s) genitalia.”
According to Ciani’s court papers, Rob Kardashian waived his right to a jury trial by not paying his court-required jury fees.
But in a written ruling, Hammock said Rob Kardashian’s jury fee non-payment was “inadvertent.”
As for Ciani’s argument that a non-jury trial of the revenge porn would provide Chyna with a more private trial platform, Hammock wrote, “Perhaps that argument will ultimately prevail upon (Rob Kardashian).”
Chyna, 31, and Rob Kardashian, 32, began dating in January 2016 and had a daughter, Dream, that November. They broke up in the summer of 2017 and she sued Kardashian, his mother and three of his sisters in October of that year.
In a separate lawsuit, Rob Kardashian sued Chyna in September 2017, alleging that she tried to strangle him with a phone charging cord in December 2016 at his Calabasas home while their daughter slept upstairs. The lawsuit’s claims have been trimmed over time and the remaining causes of action are for assault and battery.
Ciani said she will be filing a motion to dismiss the two remaining claims.