Blac Chyna’s defamation trial against the Kardashians is ongoing

The first phase of the libel trial against the Kardashians is underway in Los Angeles.

The jury has been selected and opening statements will begin Tuesday afternoon, LA time, in the trial that pits model and former reality television star Blac Chyna against the Kardashians, whom she accuses of destroying her TV career.

After a selection process that saw many would-be jurors disparage the Kardashians and the world of reality television, the two sides selected a panel of eight men and eight women.

Four of the jurors will be substitutes, but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory W Alarcon said he would not announce which one until deliberations began.

Color sketch of four women in black jackets sitting next to each other.
The four Kardashian defendants were present in the courtroom during the jury selection process.(AP: Bill Robles)

Kris Jenner and her daughters – Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner – are defendants in this case.

The four Kardashian women are in court Monday and Tuesday, and all are expected to take a stand.

Chyna – whose legal name is Angela White – is the former fiancĂ© of Kardashian sibling Rob Kardashian and the mother of his daughter.

In 2016, the two had a reality series, “Rob & Chyna”, a spin-off of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”, which was canceled due to a second season being filmed.

A woman in a tight, low bun posing in a black and blue sequined outfit
Blac Chyna – aka Angela White – first filed a case against the Kardashians in 2017, shortly after her spin-off show with Rob Kardashian was canceled.(Vision: Richard Shotwell)

Mr. Kardashian was also sued by Chyna, but the lawsuit was cut off from the rest of his family and will continue next.

In 2017, Chyna sued the family for $US100 million ($135 million), alleging they had defamed and illegally interfered with her contracts and business dealings, using their power with producers and executives to banish her from the reality show.

A promotional photo for Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Blac Chyna has accused the Kardashians of destroying her reality television career.(Provided: E!)

The Kardashians have denied any wrongdoing in relation to Chyna’s allegations.

They said in court filings that they had legitimate concerns about Chyna and fears for the safety of their son and brother, given the “violent and toxic” nature of the relationship.

AP

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