If you’re watching the new Kardashian-Jenner reality series The Kardashians, be prepared to see how this plays out in future episodes. Kim’s younger brother Rob Kardashian, who chose to step away from their previous show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, still has his name in the headlines as his ex, Blac Chyna, is suing the family for defamation after the cancelation of the short-lived reality show Rob & Chyna.
"Kris Jenner set out to have Rob & Chyna canceled," Chyna's lawyer claimed in court. "And she brought in her three daughters to help accomplish that." In turn, a lawyer from the Kardashians' side claims that Chyna's lawsuit is a media attention-grab so the model and rapper can keep her name in the papers.
Here’s everything that has gone down in court and some of the more wild and eye-opening testimony we’ve seen so far.
Under cross-examination, Chyna was asked by Kardashians' attorney, Michael Rhodes, what motivated her infamous 2017 Good Morning America interview. "Was the press release done with your approval? ... Did you not go on 'GMA' the next day?" Rhodes asked.
"My pictures were blasted to the entire world. Rob posted nudes of me on the internet," Chyna said, choking back tears. "So I'm just supposed to allow Rob to post this on the internet ... that's OK, right?"
TMZ is reporting the explicit photos were presented to Chyna in a binder and were not visible to others in the courtroom.
Chyna also claimed that she was "joking" when she put a gun to Rob's head, claiming the chamber was empty.
"I would never shoot Rob or anyone at that. It was just joking, like, 'HA, HA!'" she said. She further admitted to wrapping a phone cord around his neck and violently smashing a gingerbread house, all on the night they found out their show Rob & Chyna had been renewed for a second season.
Chyna's mother, Tokyo Toni, was banned from the Los Angeles County courthouse after slamming the Kardashians in an Instagram Live stream.
"They look scary in real life," Toni said. She also took aim at the presiding judge. Chyna's attorney, Lynne Ciani, later addressed the viral incident in court but emphasized that she could not control what Toni posted online.
Kris Jenner went under oath at the Los Angeles Superior Court last week, where she revealed how she felt about Chyna wrapping a phone cord around Rob Kardashian’s neck and putting a gun to his head.
Through her tears, she testified that she felt Chyna was trying to “murder” her son.
She also revealed that Chyna allegedly threatened Kylie Jenner's then-boyfriend Tyga with a knife, and she also threatened to kill Kylie.
"Of course it was alarming, but we just kept it in the family," she testified. "They lived across the street and she [Chyna] had a young child. I think we were more concerned about the Tyga situation."
Kris admitted they never contacted the police about the threats because she says her family is used to this kind of drama. "It wasn't that I was not concerned. They had a rocky relationship from the start ... but I love second chances, and I wanted them to win," she said about Chyna's relationship with Rob.
On Monday, Kylie testified on the stand about Blac Chyna’s threats. (Lest we forget Kylie, who was a teenager at the time, was dating Tyga, who had fathered a child with Blac Chyna previously.) Kylie testified that she didn’t take the threats seriously, but she added that she questioned why Chyna was dating her brother due to their history.
“From what I remember she sent me a bunch of devil emojis, and said something like ‘counting down the days’ until she could beat me or something,” she said. “I didn’t report it, because I assumed they were empty threats.”
“I felt like me dating the father of her child had something to do with it, and maybe she was out with my brother for other reasons. I was happy for my brother at the time,” she continued “but just curious how it would go.”
If all of this domestic drama is making your head spin, there has actually been some testimony regarding the actual claims of this lawsuit (i.e. that the Kardashians conspired to cancel Rob & Chyna). When on the stand, momager Kris tried to debunk that claim outright.
Testifying that the show was never actually renewed for a second season, Kris said the power to cancel or renew lay solely with E!, not with her or her family, “They had an option that they didn’t exercise. There was nothing to cancel.”
She then went on to explain that, as his manager, she would have received documentation to the show being renewed, which she never received.
Jeff Jenkins, who served as executive producer of Rob & Chyna, testified via video link last week that couldn’t get behind producing a second season of the show due to the couple’s unhealthy and violent relationship.
“I would not pick up this show,” he testified via Zoom “There was no more Rob & Chyna.” He cited that the couple’s fights would lead to long periods of no contact between them, which made shooting the show incredibly difficult. He testified they couldn’t be in the same room together and were disgusted by each other.
Jeff Olde, the former EVP Programming & Development at E! also testified that the idea of a second season imploded after that infamous physical fight between Chyna and Rob. He had an epic zinger on the stand when he was asked by Chyna lawyer, Lynne Ciani, to state whether his decision to cancel the show was influenced by an email he received from Kylie Jenner who was worried about Chyna’s volatility.
“I don’t really take direction from 17-year-olds," he deadpanned.
Olde argued that without Rob and Chyna together, there was no show.
“It was the Rob and Chyna show and there was no more Rob and Chyna," he said. “It was not the show we bought.”