Blac Chyna’s allegations that Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kris and Kylie Jenner defamed her by saying that she physically abused former boyfriend Rob Kardashian should be dismissed on free-speech grounds, according to court papers filed by the four women.
“The personal lives and conduct of the parties to this case have been the subject of widespread public interest,” according to the Kardashian-Jenner court papers brought Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. “Indeed, plaintiff’s claims are expressly premised on a television show which, according to plaintiff, generated stellar ratings and was the E! Network’s most-watched unscripted series debut with approximately 2.7 million viewers.”
Chyna, 30, and Rob Kardashian, 31, began dating in January 2016 and had a baby girl, Dream, that November. They split a month later.
She sued Rob Kardashian, his mother and three of his sisters in October 2017.
In July 2017, he used social media to post pictures of Chyna’s 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.
In her lawsuit, Chyna, whose real name is Angela White, alleged she suffered significant damages and that the scandal caused her reality show with her ex-boyfriend, “Rob & Chyna,” to be canceled by E! She alleges that E! would have granted her a second season of the show but for alleged false statements 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.
According to the dismissal motion — which focuses on the four women, but not Rob Kardashian — Chyna’s lawsuit “fails to identify any specific statements allegedly made by defendants about plaintiff physically abusing Rob Kardashian except for a single statement allegedly made by Kylie Jenner to an E! executive.”
However, the evidence “unequivocally establishes” that the remark was “not understood in a defamatory manner,” according to the Kardashian-Jenner court papers. “And in any event, statements about plaintiff physically abusing Rob Kardashian are not false because … plaintiff in fact physically attacked Mr. Kardashian.”
A hearing on the dismissal motion is scheduled Dec. 5. Other allegations in Chyna’s complaint are currently being mulled by Judge Randolph Hammock, who took those issues under submission on Tuesday.
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