Blac Chyna testified in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday that she never consciously took a $100,000 payment known as a ‘kill fee’ for the end of her former E! show Rob & Chyna.
Chyna, 33, took the stand in her $100 million lawsuit against Kris Jenner, 66, Kylie Jenner, 24, Kim Kardashian, 41, and Khloé Kardashian, 37, over claims they sought to ruin her show business career and force the show off the air in 2016.
Chyna, whose full name is Angela Renée White, took the stand for the third consecutive day in the ongoing trial, fielding questions from Kardashian-Jenner lawyer Michael Rhodes about the reality series, which aired on E! from September to December of 2016 and chronicled her relationship with Rob Kardashian, 35.
The latest: Blac Chyna, 33, testified in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday that she never took a $100,000 payment known as a ‘kill fee’ for the end of her former E! show Rob & Chyna. She was seen leaving the court Thursday in a black BMW
Rhodes said that the Lashed Cosmetics owner – who shares son King Cairo, nine, with rapper Tyga, 32, and daughter Dream, five, with Rob – collected the $100,000 kill fee for the series, as well as $370,000 for her appearances on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Chyna testified that she took the $100,000 sum for what she believed to be payment for filming, and not due to the cancelation of the reality series.
‘Why would I sign a kill fee for my number one show?’ Chyna said, adding that the payment came during a time when the show remained in production, according to People. She added that her lawyer did not include her in contract talks, so she wouldn’t be privy to such details.
An E! spokesperson in June of 2017 told Variety that Rob & Chyna had ‘not been in production for several months and [was] not currently on the E! schedule.’
The reality series Rob & Chyna aired on E! from September to December of 2016 and chronicled Chyna’s relationship with Rob Kardashian, 35. The former couple was seen in Las Vegas in May of 2016
A lawyer for the Kardashians said that E! was hesitant about renewing the series for a second season as the former couple (pictured in 2016) seemed ‘off the rails’ in their ability to get along, as the pair had made allegations of physical abuse toward one another
Rhodes said during court proceedings earlier this week that Chyna ‘wanted’ to be associated with the Kardashians and ‘would say or do anything to be part of this family.’
The lawyer noted that Chyna and Rob were ‘screaming and yelling’ at one another in a vicious fight at Kylie Jenner’s house during the timeframe a second season was in the works, and that Kris’s beau Corey Gamble had to stand between them to calm things down.
Rhodes said that E! was hesitant about renewing the series for a second season as the couple seemed ‘off the rails’ in their ability to get along, as they had made allegations of physical abuse toward one another.
‘This relationship was fraught with problems and the network was very worried,’ Rhodes said, noting that the Kardashian family was more worried about the mercurial relationship than the status of the spinoff series.
Chyna was depicted on the stand in a courtroom sketch earlier this week
(L-R) Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kris Jenner were seen in a courtroom sketch attending the legal proceedings
Kardashian attorney Michael Rhodes was seen alongside Kim Kardashian in this courtroom sketch
He said the family was ‘acting against their own financial interest to protect someone they loved.’
E! ultimately canceled the series due to Rob and Chyna ending their engagement and breaking up in February of 2017, Rhodes said.
Chyna’s attorney Lynne Ciani said that Kris, with the help of her daughters, ‘set out to have Rob & Chyna canceled’ despite that Rob ‘wanted it to keep going.’
Ciani said that the Kardashians used their clout with E! to have Rob & Chyna pulled off the network, costing Chyna millions as a result.
Kris testified on Thursday that as executive producer of Rob and Chyna, she negotiated with E! for the couple to each receive $92,500 for a seventh episode of season one, which was a one-hour special on the birth of their daughters Dream.
She said that she also negotiated an additional $200,000 fee which was to go into a savings account for Dream.
Kris told the court that she was not aware of any filming being done for Rob and Chyna’s second season or NBCUniversal (E!’s parent company) green-lighting a second season, or that E! made an announcement that they were picking up season two.