In case that drew the attention of reality television fans near and far, a California jury on Monday handed a major victory to four members of the famed Kardashian family in a defamation lawsuit filed by fellow entertainment industry personality Blac Chyna, according to the Associated Press.
Following roughly 10 hours of deliberations, the panel determined that none of the defendants in the case – Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, or family matriarch Kris Jenner – defamed Chyna or wrongfully interfered with her contractual relationship with the E! television network.
Members of the jury did, however, determine that while the notorious clan did conduct themselves in bad faith by suggesting to producers of a program called Rob & Chyna that starred the women’s son and brother, Rob Kardashian that Chyna exhibited abusive behaviors toward him, that behavior did not materially impact the future of the show.
Chyna was present in the courtroom as the verdict – in which she was awarded no damages whatsoever – was read, but the Kardashians themselves, who had attended much of the trial proceedings in person, were absent at their conclusion, instead attending the Met Gala in New York City.
In the wake of the outcome, Kardashian attorneys Michael Rhodes and Michelle Doolin issued a statement saying, “On behalf of Kris, Kim, Khloe, and Kylie, I want to express our appreciation to the jury,” as Fox News noted.
“We are also grateful for the steady hand of Judge [Gregory] Alarcon in making sure that this was a fair trial. The jury sent a clear message to Ms. White and her lawyer – I hope they are listening. Justice has prevailed,” the legal team added, referencing Chyna’s legal name of Angela White.
Lynne Ciani, attorney for the plaintiff, indicated after the verdict that in her estimation, “the jury found that Chyna had not physically abused Rob Kardashian” and that “the jury found that all four defendants had intentionally interfered with her contract with the E! Network,” vowing to “appeal on the remaining questions.”
As the Associated Press noted, jurors in the case had the ability to return a split decision with findings of liability against some of the Kardashian relatives, but not others, but instead they came back with a blanket win for the family, leaving Chyna with no portion of the $108 million she sought in the litigation.
Though the Kardashian and Jenner women are surely breathing a sigh of relief this week, the saga with Chyna is not completely finished, as certain allegations that emerged in the case are set to be tried in a separate proceeding that is slated to begin in a matter of days.