A judge said the former E! The president’s testimony won him over in the libel case of Blac Chyna.
Judge Michael Dandurand told Insider the trial was “entertaining” but could have been more concise.
Finally, he said the ending of “Rob & Chyna” reminded him of an episode of Three Stooges.
An deputy juror in Blac Chyna’s defamation lawsuit against the Kardashians said former E! President Adam Stotsky’s testimony about the demise of the show “Rob & Chyna” reminded him of an episode of the Three Stooges.
Michael Dandurand, an alternate juror at the trial, spoke to Insider outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles immediately after the verdict was handed down Monday in favor of the Kardashian-Jenner family.
As one of the four deputy jurors, Dandurand went through the same evidence procedures as the lead jurors and was present throughout the trial, including before the verdict. And while in the end he didn’t replace a chief juror in the trial or contribute to the final verdict, at the end of the trial he was determined.
In particular, Dandurand was influenced by Stotsky’s comments about the longevity of ‘Rob & Chyna’.
“Without Rob & Chyna the couple, there would be no Rob & Chyna the show,” Stotsky told the court last week. “We couldn’t produce a show if there wasn’t a couple.”
Dandurand said he felt like he understood why the show couldn’t have happened without a functioning couple. The logic reminded him of “an old documentary about the Three Stooges.”
Dandurand told Insider that in the documentary, the producers explain that the show’s creators kept trying to replace the deceased members of the Stooges with new members, eventually trying unsuccessfully to spin “Two Stooges.”
“The contract company said ‘we hired Three Stooges,’ and you’re not if you only have two,” Dandurand recalled.
Dandurand added that the trial was “entertaining as a juror,” saying Chyna’s case would have been more effective if she “had been used as a character witness later on.”
“She definitely seems to be the victim, I think the problem for a lot of people in the jury room was the actual E! contract. Personally, I think she has a claim against someone else,” Dandurand told Insider.
At trial, Kardashian attorney Michael G. Rhodes asked Chyna about her claim that the mid-season cancellation cost her tens of millions of dollars in future earnings during her 11-hour testimony. In that question, he asked if she had any bank accounts or recent tax returns to prove her financial status.
“I don’t have any personal bank accounts,” Chyna replied, also admitting to the court that she hadn’t filed a tax return in years.
A Los Angeles jury Monday, after nearly two days of deliberation, dismissed the claims of defamation and contractual interference and damages against members of the Kardashian-Jenner family. While the jury ruled that none of the Kardashian-Jenners was liable for any damages, the jurors also admitted that some family members interfered with Chyna’s economic opportunities.
The decision brought the nine-day trial to an end after testimonies from several members of the famous family and numerous sensational courtroom moments.
Chyna, whose legal name is Angela White, has sued Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner for $100 million, alleging that she wronged her with E! executives five years ago after her split from Rob Kardashian and that it led to the cancellation of their “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” spin-off series, “Rob & Chyna”.
During the trial, Stotsky was one of several network and studio executives who testified. His testimony echoed the stories shared by other executives and the Kardashian-Jenner family, who insisted the toxic and volatile nature of the relationship was too much for TV.
“That kind of bitterness in a relationship, especially with a small child, wasn’t something I wanted to be a part of,” Stotsky added. He also told judges that shows have been green-lit for one more season, but were later canceled “all the time.”
He also explained that although the network had signed the financial analyzes for Season 2, they never officially exercised their contractual option to continue with the series. Finally, he said the famous family never turned their backs on canceling the show.
“They don’t have the authority to actually do that,” Stotsky said.
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