The bizarre reason why jurors keep quitting the Kardashians v Blac Chyna trial
It's a court case that's been a long time coming (five years, in fact): Blac Chyna v the Kardashians. And in case you need a quick recap, Chyna is essentially hoping to sue the Kardashians for the princely sum of $100 million, which is the amount of earnings she's claiming to have lost after her reality show, Rob & Chyna, detailing her relationship and split with Rob Kardashian, was cancelled prematurely.
Chyna is claiming that Kim and Khloe Kardashian, along with Kylie and momager Kris Jenner "flexed [their] muscle(s)" to E! executives and were the reason the plug was pulled on the show early, thus hindering her earning potential for the likes of sponsored social media posts, brand deals and club appearances.
In response to this, the family's lawyer, Michael G Rhodes told ET, "We aren’t going to sully the process by responding to [Chyna's] slanderous nonsense."
Reports say she has refused a settlement offer from the family and in a recent Twitter post, Chyna said she was "thankful that a jury will finally listen to what really happened behind closed doors – and the lies that were told and the damage that was done".
However, the case has already hit some stumbling blocks, as multiple potential jurors have said they wouldn't be able to judge the case objectively, given that they already have preconceived notions of what the Kardashian-Jenner family are like [per the Daily Mail] – which could cloud their judgement. And it sounds as though some of those opinions really aren't all that flattering (so in a way, it's a good thing that the prospective jurors have been open and honest to ensure a fair trial takes place).
One potential juror, who has been described as middle-aged male, reportedly told the court, "I have never watched the Kardashian show but I have watched the Kardashian sex tape and I don't think I could be neutral in this case." He later added, "I'm going to be playing that sex tape in my head and possibly not listening too closely."
It's also said that when asked by Chyna's lawyer, Lynne M. Ciani, some potential jurors admitted they were followers of the Kardashian-Jenner clan (with one apparently saying "I am a pretty big fan of the Kardashians, so I don’t think I would be able to make an unbiased judgment", while others showed a disdain for reality television as a whole (again suggesting these preconceptions could impair their judgement).
When questioned by Ciani over whether or not they felt they could deliver a fair verdict, one person is believed to have said, "I have a hard time caring at all about celebrity defamation." Another is said to have added, "I can tell you sincerely that I hope none of these people get any wealthier."
Chyna is also bringing another lawsuit against Rob Kardashian, the father of her daughter Dream, after he posted intimate images of her on social media following their split. She alleges the public act of revenge porn.
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