Blac Chyna’s $100 million defamation trial against the Kardashian-Jenner

Defendants Kim, Khloe, Kris and Kylie were present in court during jury selection and the first days of the trial. Rob Kardashian, however, is not present yet.

As jury selection began on Monday, questions about impartiality prompted some strong responses from potential jurors.

Blac Chyna at the 2020 Oscars.

Blac Chyna at the 2020 Oscars.Credit:Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

“Anything to do with their names is a big no-no for me,” said one man. “I don’t think reality TV is good for society.”

“I’m a huge Kardashian fan, so I don’t think I would be able to make an impartial judgment,” said one young woman.

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Another said that even though he had never seen the show, he didn’t deserve to stand because he had watched Kim Kardashian’s sex tape.

“I’m going to play the sex tape in my head and maybe not listen too closely,” the court heard.

Lawyers for the Kardashian family have rejected claims made by Chyna, arguing that the family was forced to stop season two of the show after Chyna assaulted Rob at Kylie Jenner’s California home in December 2016.

“During an alcohol and drug-fueled rampage, Chyna violently assaulted Rob, strangled Rob with an iPhone charging cable, repeatedly hit him with fists and metal rods and threw a chair at Rob’s car as he drove away to avoid his attack, court documents filed by the Kardashians attorney allegedly.

Chyna’s lawyers disputed these claims in their opening statement at the trial, saying, “There was no violent attack”.

“Joking, I grabbed the phone [cord] and put it around his neck,” Chyna testified in court. “Not to strangle him.”

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Chyna in courtroom sketch.

Chyna in courtroom sketch. Credit:Bill Robles via AP

Chyna went on to say that she was “just doing silly things with my fiancé” when she tore off her ex-partner’s shirt.

Also during Chyna’s testimony, the court heard that she was “joking” when she put a gun to Rob’s head.

“It didn’t load… I would never shoot Rob or anyone.”

However, Chyna said that the argument got serious in the evening when Rob accused her of cheating.

“I destroyed the gingerbread house because I was really pissed off,” he said. “Then I broke the TV.”

After the alleged fight, Chyna and Rob never lived together again. Chyna then filed a separate lawsuit against Rob in July 2017, and was given a temporary restraining order after he posted a series of nude photos of Chyna online without his consent.

In court this week, the Kardashians’ attorney, Michael G. Rhodes, said that “there is no doubt that Chyna had a physical relationship with Mr. Kardashian,” explaining the defendant’s decision to contact E! producers about canceling the show’s second season.

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“There is no Rob & Chyna show unless there’s Rob and Chyna,” Rhodes said. “Controversy does sell – but it is now almost leading to domestic violence.”

The trial will last for 10 days, and Chyna’s testimony will continue this week. The Kardashians are registered to testify.

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