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Jury rules in favor of the Kardashians in Blac Chyna's defamation lawsuit

Kardashians defeat Blac Chyna in defamation lawsuit 02:00

A jury has ruled in favor of the Kardashians/Jenners in Blac Chyna's defamation lawsuit against several members of the family.

Chyna's claim for $100 million in damages was also denied. 

The lawsuit filed by 33-year-old Chyna, whose real name is Angela Renee White, alleged four members of the Kardashian/Jenner family made false statements that she physically assaulted their brother and Chyna's former fiancé, Rob Kardashian. She alleged their claims resulted in the cancellation of the former couple's reality show, and the loss of money from club appearances, social media, and television work.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory W. Alarcon found last week that Chyna's attorney, Lynn Ciani, showed no evidence that Kim Kardashian said anything defamatory about Chyna and dismissed the defamation claim against her. On Monday, a jury also concluded that the Kardashians were not liable for defamation and intentional interference in her contract with the network, E! 

"She wore her mask so there weren't a lot of facial features obviously disappointed and the personal things that happened still happened so the emotions that were there were still real," said alternate juror Michael Dandurand, who took 101 pages of notes during the trial. 

Rob Kardashian testified last week they became engaged in March of 2016 and starred in a reality TV show called "Rob & Chyna." During a celebration of what they believed to be the renewal of the show on Dec. 14, 2016, Rob Kardashian testified that Chyna put a gun to his head twice, tried to strangle him with a phone cord, and beat him with a six-foot metal rod.

Lynne Ciani, Chyna's attorney, says her client never hit him with a metal rod, or put a phone cord around his neck. But Chyna has admitted to brandishing Kardashian's unloaded gun, claiming she was being playful.

Chyna has accused the Kardashian sisters and their mother of making false statements about that night and going to E! Network to kill the "Rob & Chyna" show, causing her to lose money from the series' cancellation, and club appearance and other TV jobs.

"They embody powerful businesswomen who are able to take control of their own destiny," said attorney Alexandra Kazarian. "So the idea that the Kardashians canceled someone they didn't like seemed very palatable." 

Kazarian did not work on the case but followed the trial. 

"I think the evidence showed the Kardashians had little to do with it and the content they were going to get from Rob at that time wasn't fun anymore and E! just didn't want it."

Kim Kardashian testified last week that she had no memory of any attempt to kill "Rob & Chyna" but acknowledged that she did not want Chyna to be on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" after hearing about the violence between the couple. Kylie Jenner testified that she believed Chyna wanted a relationship with her brother after her former fiancé, rapper Tyga, cheated on her with other women, including herself.

Chyna may now have to pay not only her legal fees but also the Kardashians. 

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