- Pete Davidson crashed closing arguments Thursday in Blac Chyna vs. The Kardashians.
- The “SNL” star arrived late and was seen kissing and hugging Kim Kardashian outside the LA courtroom.
- Deliberations are set to begin Friday in Chyna’s $ 100 million claim against the Kardashians for “killing” the “Rob & Chyna” spinoff.
Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend Pete Davidson crashed closing arguments in Blac Chyna’s defamation case against the family on Thursday – turning heads with an entrance early on during the family lawyer’s arguments.
The lovebirds were then seen hugging and kissing outside the courtroom in the hallway, according to Rolling Stone.
Jury deliberations in Chyna’s lawsuit – which seeks $ 100 million in damages from Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner – are set to kick off on Friday.
Chyna alleges the family joined forces in 2017 to get the E! Network to cancel her spinoff show with Rob Kardashian, “Rob & Chyna.”
During her closing argument, Kardashian-Jenner’s attorney Michael G. Rhodes focused on Chyna’s own admission that she hasn’t paid taxes since 2018 and does not have a bank account, claiming, “She’s hiding her income!”
In a testimony last week, Chyna had been vague about her income from personal appearances and her work posing nude for the OnlyFans website – saying only that she believed she made more than a million dollars.
“That’s not right to come into court and ask a jury to give her millions of dollars in income that she’s hiding,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes reminded jurors that three network executives stave in the trial that there could be no season 2 of “Rob & Chyna,” because the real-life couple had split with so much violence and acrimony, they could barely stand to be in the same room .
The Kardashian attorney also reminded jurors that Walter Mosley – Chyna’s former attorney, called as Chyna’s own witness – also expressed that the show’s second season had never been officially picked up by the network.
“The central theory of her case is my defendants killed the show,” she said of the four Kardashian-Jenner women, who were all present in the audience.
“Don’t believe it! Don’t buy it! It’s not true!” Rhodes told jurors in arguments that lasted just over an hour. “It was never her show… She thinks this show’s about her and only her.”
During her own closing arguments, Blac Chyna’s lawyer, Lynne Ciani, posted a graphic on court monitors, stating in large block letters, “USE YOUR COMMON SENSE.”
Ciani, who addressed the court first, was argued for close to an hour and a half.
She claimed to the jurors that common sense dictates that the Kardashian-Jenner family’s claims to studio bigs that Chyna tried to kill Rob Kardashian – during a pivotal fight in December 2016 – are not true.
If [Rob] truly believed Chyna had tried to murder him, would he have left his daughter in the house? Use your common sense, “Ciani asked jurors.
Ciani emphasized Rob Kardashian’s testimony from Wednesday, when he admitted that he didn’t have any visible marks on his face, despite having claimed he was hit by Chyna with a 6-foot metal pole.
Chyna’s attorney alleged that the family had aligned their testimonies to match Rob Kardashian’s match, even though Kris Jenner’s partner, Corey Gamble, also a witness that day, offered damning testimony that implicated Chyna as well.
Ciani also said that Chyna respected the family’s matriarch and “believed Kris Jenner was going to be her mother-in-law.”
Her closing drew heavily from explosive texts and emails sent by the Kardashian-Jenner sisters to producers and network executives, where they expressed opposition to Rob and Chyna’s relationship, and in some messages, the continuation of their show.
An email sent by former E! Executive Jeff Olde was also discussed again, where he told colleagues in reference to the “Rob & Chyna” show that “if the show does not go forward, it’s the family’s decision, not the network’s”
Chyna’s attorney said her client was not aware of the Kardashian-Jenners pleas and conversations with the network and Bunim Murray, “KUWTK” and “Rob & Chyna’s” production company, and had claimed throughout the trial that Chyna never signed an amended E! Contract with a $ 100,000 kill fee.
“There was a show! There was filming! There was a budget! Anything else is gaslighting,” Ciani said (telling the court that her kids taught her that word).
On Wednesday, Walter Mosley, Chyna’s ex-attorney, and an executive producer on Chyna’s show, admitted on the stand that although he believed her and Rob’s show was moving forward to season 2, he never received a written production notice that the network was contractually obligated to send to greenlight production.
Earlier on Thursday, Judge Gregory Alarcon did not grant Chyna an opportunity to re-do her testimony, after Ciani filed a motion arguing that Chyna had been too distraught to testify last Thursday because Rhodes handed her a binder full of her own nude photos.
The graphic photos were the same that her one-time fiance, Rob Kardashian, had posted on his social media in 2017, after their relationship – and their reality show, “Rob & Chyna” – ended.
During Rhodes’ closing, he urged jurors to remember that it’s not a group trial, and that defamation and interference claims had to be proved for all defendants.
Rhodes also focused heavily on the December 2016 domestic dispute that had been a large part of testimony over the nearly two-week trial, asking jurors to put themselves in Kylie’s home where Rob and Chyna lived at the time and to imagine Chyna holding a gun.
“She’s so angry that she destroys a gingerbread house… who does that?” Rhodes said, referring to when Chyna smashed a gingerbread house during the dispute. “Why would you attack a gingerbread house? What does it represent?”
Ten minutes into Rhodes’ hour-long argument, Davidson waltzed into the courtroom, sitting in the furthest back row of the room in an aisle, near where Kardashian security detail sat through the trial.
After Rhodes closed, Kris and Kylie got up and left the room separately from Kim and Khloe. On the way out, Kris saw Davidson and hugged him and Kim and Pete embraced and kissed in the hallway.
Jury deliberations begin on Friday at 9 am Pacific Time.