Kylie Jenner took the stand on Monday at Blac Chyna’s $100 million defamation lawsuit against four of the Kardashian-Jenner women — and it was a sight to behold.
The millionaire’s 24-year-old makeup mogul was imperturbable, filling her answers with drawn-out “yes” and “ums” as she became the first sibling to receive a barrage of questions about whether she was conspiring with her mother Kris Jenner and sisters Khloé and Kim Kardashian to discredit Chyna, her brother’s former fiancé, and launch the E! reality show Rob & Chyna.
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While Chyna’s attorney, Lynne Ciani, put her to the test on everything from her past relationship with Tyga, the rapper who shares a son with Chyna, to the night Chyna and Rob reportedly had a blowout fight at one of her extra homes in Hidden Hills, Kylie stared down at the attorney and repeated her questions frequently before answering them at a leisurely pace.
“You thought Chyna cut your friend Tyga’s arm with a knife, right?” asked Ciani.
“I heard that, yes,” said the youngest brother of Kardashian-Jenner, who now shares two children with rapper Travis Scott.
“And then at some point you believe that Chyna physically threatened you in some way?” asked Ciani.
“Physically threatened me?” Kylie repeated, taking time to ponder the question in her head. “I remember one time I woke up to some texts from Chyna, some threatening texts, yeah. From what I remember she sent me a bunch of devil emojis and said something along the lines of ‘counting the days “to beat me, or I’m not sure what she meant.”
Dressed in an oversized, satiny brown suit, Kylie said the texts were on “a very old phone,” so she no longer has them. She said she did not file a report with the police.
“I took it as an empty threat, actually. Tyga told me a lot about her abuse with the drugs and alcohol, so I honestly assumed she was probably high because I got the text very early in the morning,” she testified.
“When you heard that your brother was going to have a baby with Chyna, the fact that you thought your friend Tyga had been cut with a knife by [Chyna] affect your reaction to the news?” asked Ciani.
“Um,” she said, taking her time again. “When I heard about the cutting, it was way before pregnancy, so no, it wasn’t on my mind at the time.” She clarified that she was 18 years old when Rob and Chyna announced that they were expecting a child in 2016.
“Did you welcome Chyna into the family around the time you heard she was having a baby with your brother?” the lawyer asked.
‘Did I welcome her? Yes. I think we had a good relationship for a while. I actually wanted to be cool with Chyna. I felt like I was spending a lot of time with her son and despite everything I really wanted my brother to be okay,” she said.
Kylie said her patience for the relationship ran out after she met Rob at her home and saw that Chyna, whose official name is Angela White, had damaged a door and smashed a TV during a fight with Rob on the morning of December 15, 2016 .
Chyna testified earlier in the trial now set in downtown Los Angeles that she never put a finger on Rob, only damaging the door and TV out of frustration at Rob stealing her phone and locking herself in a closet with it.
Kylie testified Monday that her brother reported to her that Chyna had brutally assaulted him.
“I remember my brother telling me Chyna held a gun to his head, strangled him with an iPhone cord. I think he told me my door was damaged, and my TV, and that Chyna had been drinking a lot and maybe taking some drugs. That’s what he told me,” Kylie testified.
“I mean, he used the words, ‘She tried to kill me.’ That’s what he said to me. I assumed, yes, it was a death throes. If someone says, ‘She tried to kill me,’ I take it, but I don’t think he said those words,” she said.
“Do you think Chyna’s love for your brother was fake?” Ciani asked at one point.
‘Did I think her love was fake? I remember feeling this way after my brother told me what happened that night. I didn’t know how anyone could do such a thing to someone and love him,” she testified.
“Before that incident, did you think Chyna’s love for your brother was genuine?” asked Ciani.
“I just felt like maybe I was dating her kid’s father, maybe she was just dating my brother for other reasons. I don’t know. That’s just my opinion,” she said.
“So from the start you thought you believed Chyna was just dating your brother Rob out of spite?” asked Ciani.
“I hoped not, to be honest. I hoped not, for my brother,’ she said.
“But that’s how you felt,” Ciani clarified.
“Um, maybe,” Kylie said.
According to Chyna’s lawsuit, Kylie, Kim, Kris and Khloé joined forces to sink her reality TV career because they did not consider her a suitable husband for Rob and the success of Rob & Chyna, which she claims was a more authentic version of a reality show. Chyna claims they slandered her by falsely claiming that she physically assaulted Rob.
Before Kylie was called to the booth on Monday, former E! executive Jeff Olde testified via video that he did not trust the family’s resistance to… Rob & Chyna when he voted not to pick up a second season. He held out when he was confronted with successive emails he received from Kylie and Khloé on December 20, 2016, in which the sisters begged him to cancel the main group spin-off. Keeping up with the Kardashians to show.
“After all we saw over the weekend, I feel strongly about canceling season 2 for Rob & Chyna† The only reason Chyna wants to be with my brother is for this show. She doesn’t like Rob and their relationship is too fake and destructive. If we all really love Rob, we should all come together and protect him,” Kylie wrote in the message. “The show gives this toxic woman money and exposure that she lives and breathes and by going through with it… she will continue to use and physically abuse my brother.”
Khloé’s follow-up email said, “The sisters are clearly concerned and uneasy about our brother’s safety and the brand’s credibility right now because of the way they both affect it. We don’t feel comfortable doing such a thing. encourage volatile behavior and if we can somehow get a foothold we feel it’s our job to do so, we even consider not moving forward with our show if theirs goes on. strongly we feel that this is harmful to our family.”
Olde testified Monday that his faith in the show shrank when it lost its “romantic,” “fun” and “ambitious” themes that made him recommend it to the network in the first place. He claimed he wasn’t influenced by the Kardashian-Jenner women who threatened to pull the plug on their entire franchise.
“For me, it felt like an emotional response,” he said of Kylie and Khloé’s emails. “And you know, they’re protective sisters. I didn’t necessarily go too deep into what they said.”
During her testimony, Kylie looked at mom Kris Jenner and sister Khloé sitting in the front row of the courtroom gallery and smiled. Kim Kardashian, who attended the trial last week, was absent Monday after traveling to Washington to watch comedian John Stewart receive his Mark Twain award at the Kennedy Center on Sunday. She was photographed at the event with her boyfriend Pete Davidson.
Kylie returns to the witness stand on Tuesday.
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