The stepmother of the Kardashian sisters has dropped her defamation lawsuit against two of the siblings and their biological mother.
Attorneys for Ellen Kardashian filed court papers Feb. 27 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff asking that the case be dismissed. The papers did not divulge whether the case was settled or if the plaintiff is not pursuing the case for other reasons.
In February 2014, Beckloff found that Ellen Kardashian showed four examples of allegedly libelous statements to support her claim. However, he said he was dismissing her other allegations of public disclosure of private facts, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to defame.
Ellen Kardashian married attorney Robert Kardashian two months before he died of cancer in September 2003. In August 2013, she sued Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, their brother Robert, their mother Kris Jenner and Ryan Seacrest Productions, which produces the family’s reality television shows.
The suit alleged that during an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” in June 2013, she was portrayed as a golddigger who married the lawyer for financial reasons and did so as he was dying. The statements were later published on Twitter, according to Beckloff.
Beckloff found that Ellen Kardashian demonstrated that the four statements are potentially slanderous on their face and therefore did not have to demonstrate that she suffered any damages. He also found the plaintiff’s lawyers had not shown a “prima facie” case against Kim Kardashian and Robert Kardashian Jr. and he dismissed them from the case.
The judge noted that Ellen Kardashian worked in real estate both before and after meeting Robert Kardashian.
“While plaintiff did not specify in what aspect she was involved regarding real estate, the escrow business is one requiring high ethical standards and scrupulous honesty,” Beckloff wrote in a 16-page ruling on a defense motion to dismiss the case. “The statements alleged by plaintiff would necessarily damage her professional reputation.”
— City News Service