Kim Kardashian admitted in court on Tuesday that she resented having to film episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians with Blac Chyna after she allegedly beat her brother with a metal rod.
The E! Network, which aired both Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Rob and Chyna, paid Chyna $370,000 to film four episodes of KUWTK after season one of Rob and Chyna ended.
But that deal was inked without consulting the Kardashians, said Kim, who protested in an email that at E!, ‘Nobody listens to us…No one respects us’, the court heard.
She then reportedly urged her sisters in a text to ‘get on the phone today’ with E! executives following the December 2016 fight.
‘I was upset that Rob was so emotional and upset,’ the 41-year-old reality star explained to jurors at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday.
‘I remember trying to be supportive of my brother – he was being so emotional,’ said Kim, who wore a gray pin-striped suit with her hair pulled back into a bun, looking very fresh despite a trip to Washington D.C. and Orlando, Florida that made her miss court the day before.
‘It’s all such a blur,’ she said, remembering that her brother, Rob, ‘looked red and puffy and exhausted and drained.’
Kim added: ‘It was our show and she’s not a family member.’
But now Chyna, 33, is suing the entire Kardashian clan for defamation, claiming they intentionally interfered with her contract on the Keeping up with the Kardashians spin-off Rob and Chyna.
Kim, 41, Khloe Kardashian, 37, Kylie, and their mother, family matriarch Kris Jenner, 66, are all named defendants in the $108 million suit.
Kim Kardashian, sketched in court last week, testified on Tuesday that she was uncomfortable filming scenes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians with Blac Chyna after she allegedly hit her brother, Rob, with a metal rod
E! Network executives paid Chyna $370,000 to film four episodes of KUWTK after season one of Rob and Chyna ended. She is seen at right in one of those episodes with Kim Kardashian
In court on Tuesday, Chyna’s attorney, Lynne Ciani, grilled Kim about the intent of the text message she sent to her sisters – and whether they ever had a family meeting about canceling the second season of Rob and Chyna.
The lawyer pointed to an email from Kim to the producers of KUWTK in which she talked of taking a break from the show and warning them that ‘you’ll lose the rest of the Kardashians and Jenners’ if they continued filming with Chyna.
‘You already got Chyna off her show (Rob and Chyna) and now you didn’t want her on your show (KUWTK) either?,’ Ciani asked the reality star.
’I’m just saying this is our show,’ Kim responded. ‘We have the discretion of what we’re going to film content wise.
‘Why would you want to put my brother in this situation if he’s going to end up crying and she’s (Chyna) just going to show up to film and not be with him?
‘Why would we film with her on our show? It was our show and she’s not a family member.’
Kim also told the lawyer at least four times that she did not remember why she sent the urgent text to her sisters.
Former E! Network president Adam Stotsky also testified on Tuesday that the spin-off show Rob and Chyna was supposed to be about their ‘newly blossoming relationship’ but when that relationship started ‘falling apart … it was kind of gross.’
Also on Tuesday, Kim’s sister, Khloe, testified that she, too, was worried about ‘something crazy happening down the line’ if there were a second season of the KUWTK spin-off.
She confirmed Kim’s comments about the metal rod, saying: ‘I know it was a metal rod. I saw red indentations on my brother’s neck.’
But, she said, the family had ‘no control’ of whether E! would cancel Chyna’s contract – a claim later confirmed by Adam Stotsky, the former president of the network.
‘With all due respect to [the Kardashians], they do not have the authority to kill Rob and Chyna, only E! has the power to do that,’ Stotsky said in court.
And when the Kardashians’ attorney, Michael Rhodes asked him: ‘Did the Kardashians do anything whatsoever to cause you to say, “No season 2,” Stotsky replied, ‘No.’
Instead, he said, the original premise for Rob and Chyna was the couple’s ‘newly blossoming relationship’ with a light-hearted, romantic comedy feel to it.
But when that relationship started ‘falling apart’ – with Rob and Chyna first fighting, then not even speaking to one another, he said, ‘it was kind of gross.’