Kris Jenner testifies on Blac Chyna, Rob Kardashian relationship: 'I just wanted my son to be happy'
LOS ANGELES — Kris Jenner took the stand Thursday in a Los Angeles courtroom and testified that she was happy for Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna's relationship, which has now devolved into a $100 million lawsuit.
Chyna is suing the Kardashian family alleging that the reality TV family forced the cancelation of the former couple's show "Rob & Chyna" and damaged her celebrity status
Jenner, 66, testified that she was happy when she heard of Rob Kardashian and Chyna's engagement, despite stories of violence and volatility about the former video vixen.
“I just wanted my son to be happy,” the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” matriarch said from the witness stand. “They had a rocky relationship from the start, and I just wanted really a win for them.”
Kris Jenner 'wasn't that concerned' of Rob Kardashian's relationship
In her questioning, Chyna’s lawyer Lynne Ciani attempted to cast Kris Jenner as having prejudicial feelings toward Chyna from the start over stories she had heard about Chyna’s relationship with rapper Tyga, who dated Kylie Jenner immediately after.
Kris Jenner said she had heard from her daughter and Tyga that Chyna had physically abused Tyga and had at one point threatened to kill Kylie Jenner.
Ciani asked her why she didn’t go to police or do more to intervene after these stories.
“I wasn’t that concerned. There were all kinds of things going on,” Kris Jenner said. “There was just a lot of drama, which I’m used to in my family.”
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Kim and Khloé Kardashian watched their mother’s testimony from the front row of the gallery. Kylie Jenner has attended the trial all week but was not present Thursday.
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When called to the stand in the afternoon, Kris Jenner, who was wearing an aqua-blue suit, removed the face mask she had been wearing while sitting in the gallery and put on her glasses. Ciani asked Kris Jenner why she reacted happily when she first heard of her son's engagement and baby news in 2016, despite what she'd been told about Chyna.
“People change,” Kris Jenner said. “You want to give people a second chance. You hoped for the best, and we moved on.”
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Kris Jenner, who served as an executive producer on“Rob & Chyna,” was asked whether she had prevented footage of her son’s depression from being shown because it was “too dark. ”
Jenner said she couldn’t recall, adding that she may have had the ability to do as much when scenes were first shot, but she had no control once it reached the network.
Ciania asked whether Kris Jenner had ever told Jeff Jenkins, an executive from the E! Network, which aired both shows, that she was not happy with her son’s choice of Chyna as a fiancee.
“I may have said something like that when they were fighting or in an argument, because that’s how I was feeling that day,” Kris Jenner said.
Kris Jenner recalls Chyna and Rob Kardashian's 'chaotic' 2016 fight
A fight between Chyna and Rob Kardashian that happened Dec. 15, 2016 has been a focal point in the trial. What started as a celebration of "Rob & Chyna" being renewed for a second season turned into a scuffle that led to Chyna moving out of their home and the end of their relationship.
Much of Chyna’s testimony Wednesday dealt with the fight, as she alleged that she was joking with her fiance when she wrapped a phone cord around his neck and grabbed his unloaded gun off a nightstand.
Kris Jenner testified Thursday that she couldn’t remember whether Rob or Chyna first called her that morning.
“It was chaotic, it was a mess, it was crazy, and they were both very upset,” she said. “I was extremely upset because they were extremely upset.”
She testified that she meant to go intervene but that her boyfriend Corey Gamble, who will testify later in the trial, wouldn’t let her.
“I said I’m going right over, and Corey said ‘No you’re not, I’m going over there,’ ” Kris Jenner said.
The day’s testimony ended there. Kris Jenner was to return to the stand on Friday.
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Kardashian lawyer Michael G. Rhodes forcefully asked Chyna during cross-examination, "Am I correct, you are not aware of anything that Khloe Kardashian did or said, verbally or in writing, that harmed your career?"
"Correct," she answered. "Not to my face."
The same is true of Kim Kardashian, correct?
"Correct, everything to my face was all good," Chyna said.
"As you sit here in this courtroom today, in front of this jury," Rhodes said, his voice rising angrily, "are you aware of anything that any of them has done to harm your reputation?"
"No," she replied, "but I know now what they did behind my back."
Chyna, 33, whose legal name is Angela White, struggled far more on the stand than she did a day earlier, when she remained composed as she discussed a night of celebration in 2016 that turned into a bitter fight with her ex-fiancé and father of her daughter Rob Kardashian that led to the end of their relationship and reality series.
She repeatedly said she didn't understand when Rhodes showed her a document that appeared to have her signature on it agreeing to receive a $100,000 "kill fee" for the cancellation of "Rob & Chyna," at a time when she previously said she still believed the show would get a second season.
"I wouldn't have signed this," she said. "We had been green-lit."
Rhodes also read a long list of negative headlines to Chyna about her getting into public fights and having run-ins with authorities, and asked her if the Kardashians had anything to do with those stories appearing.
She attempted to refute some and to explain others.
"They always report stuff that's false," she said after one report of a dispute with a neighbor who called the police.
But Rhodes repeatedly responded, "I'm not saying it happened or it didn't, I'm just saying there was a public media report. Did you have any reason to believe any of my clients had anything to do with these reports?"
Chyna responded "no" each time.
At one point, she volunteered that Kris Jenner had taught her a lesson on the topic.
"Actually Miss Kris told me when you have celebrity kids people will randomly call the cops on you, and CPS might come," Chyna said.
The lawyer seized on the moment and asked her twice to tell the jury what "CPS" meant.
"Child protective services," she said, repeating it more loudly the second time.
"Did they ever come to your house?" he asked.
"Yes," she said.
The lawsuit, filed in 2017, alleges defamation and interference with contracts.
Contributing: Elise Brisco, USA TODAY