Why Blac Chyna is suing the Kardashians for $100 million

Days after the first episode of “The Kardashians” aired on Hulu, rapper Blac Chyna’s case that she filed five years ago against her ex-fiancé Rob Kardashian and his family is finally heading to a court of Los Angeles today.

The former couple – who share a daughter, Dream – were once the subject of E! reality series “Rob & Chyna”. When the show was halfway through filming its second season, the couple broke up – and the show was put on hold indefinitely. Months later, Chyna filed a massive lawsuit against the family, alleging that Rob was physically abusive and that Kim, Khloé, Kris and Kylie Jenner conspired to get “Rob & Chyna” canceled.

As the trial begins and the famous family finds itself embroiled in even more drama, here’s everything you need to know.

A Brief Timeline of Rob, Chyna, and “Rob & Chyna”

Blac Chyna (real name: Angela Renée White) and Kris and Robert Kardashian’s youngest child went public with their relationship in January 2016. Three months later, they announced their engagement, followed by news of her pregnancy in may. In June, “Rob & Chyna” was greenlit for its first season on E! ; the six-episode reality series aired in the fall, with Chyna giving birth to their daughter in November.

From the start, there were rumors of conflicts between the rapper-model and her fiancé’s family, but they exploded in December. She claimed her Instagram was hacked when a screenshot of a note saying she left Rob and took their baby without him knowing was posted on her account.

A series of back-and-forth accusations followed, with Rob accusing Chyna of cheating and Chyna accusing Rob of refusing to seek help for his mental health issues.

In July 2017, their relationship entered even tougher ground when Rob posted nude photos of Chyna on his social media, prompting her to take out a restraining order. (That incident will be tried separately, in a trial beginning in May.) That month, E! confirmed that “Rob & Chyna” Season 2 has not been in production for “several months.” A spokesperson told Variety that the show went on hiatus before their revenge porn scandal and romantic spinoff.

Why is Blac Chyna suing the Kardashians?

In October 2017, Chyna filed a sweeping lawsuit that named Rob, Kim and Khloé Kardashian and Kris and Kylie Jenner as defendants. The charges against Rob include assault, battery and harassment, while the rest of the family are charged with defamation.

“Rob Kardashian is an abuser who intends to destroy Angela White, the mother of his baby, who left him in 2016,” the lawsuit said. “In revenge, the Kardashian-Jenner family became media predators, shaming her on social media and killing her TV show, which had already begun filming a second season.”

According to the suit, E! planned to air a second season of “Rob & Chyna” covering the couple’s journey as co-parents, even after their separation. Chyna claims they were well into production when the Kardashians stepped in to have the show scrapped. She alleges the Kardashian-Jenners made up a story about Chyna physically assaulting Rob and pressured network executives to immediately halt production. (Kardashian filed a separate assault complaint against Chyna, which he dropped in February 2022.)

Also mentioned as a motif in the suit is that “Rob & Chyna” allegedly interfered with another “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” spin-off, “Life of Kylie.” This E! The series aired in the summer of 2017.

In alleged collusion against Chyna, the family were “flexing their muscles in such a way as to destroy Ms. White’s career so that she would no longer be able to compete with the Kardashian-Jenner women as an entrepreneur and social media influencer”, indicates the trial.

The lawsuit continued, “By killing the second season of ‘Rob & Chyna,’ the defendants ensured that the E! Network had room on its schedule for Kylie Jenner to star in her own show, in which she was doing promoting Kylie Cosmetics, which once competed directly with Blac Chyna’s LASHED.

As a result, according to the lawsuit, Chyna was defrauded of the millions she allegedly earned from the show and other sources of income.

What happened after Chyna sued?

In October 2020, a judge denied a motion filed by the Kardashians to dismiss Chyna’s lawsuit.

Chyna’s attorney, Lynn Ciani, told Us Weekly that “Blac Chyna will seek millions in compensatory and punitive damages from Kris. [Jenner]Kim [Kardashian]Khloe [Kardashian]and Kylie [Jenner] for defamation, willful interference with contract and willful interference with potential economic advantage. »

A judge then ordered the production company behind “Rob & Chyna” to turn over unaired footage from the second season.

Who will testify at trial?

Jury selection began on Monday for the trial, which is expected to last 10 days. Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian will all give live testimony. “Rob & Chyna” producer Ryan Seacrest — who co-created and executive produced “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and is an executive producer on Hulu’s “The Kardashians” — is also expected to testify.

Chyna will be the first witness to take the stand and will be present throughout the trial, according to her attorney.

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