The 33-year-old influencer was seen sitting in the passenger seat of a white Mercedes-Benz being driven by her mother Tokyo Toni, who was banned from the courtroom during her daughter’s legal battle after a scathing social media rant about the defendants.
Chyna’s sighting comes after she vowed to appeal the verdict in her defamation trial, which saw her lose a $108 million case against the Kardashians.
Out and about: Blac Chyna appeared downcast when she was spotted out in Los Angeles this Tuesday after her crushing court defeat at the hands of the Kardashians
She had accused Kim Kardashian, her sisters Khloe and Kylie Jenner and their mother, Kris Jenner, of making statements that ruined or defamed her reputation and of plotting to get her TV show Rob and Chyna axed.
During the jury selection process, Tokyo Toni went live on Instagram and unleashed a furious tirade in which she said the Kardashians ‘look like they dead’ in the flesh.
She called Kris Jenner ‘old and decrepit,’ comparing her to the villain in Saw, and said: ‘Khloe was shaking her f***ing head off everything every juror said. You all right, b****? Did you have some Xanax or something before you got there, b****?’
The Kardashian-Jenners’ attorney then argued in court that Kris ‘was worried about her physical safety’ and the judge barred Toni from the courtroom.
Family time: The 33-year-old influencer was seen sitting in the passenger seat of a Mercedes being driven by her mother Tokyo Toni
On Friday, Kim was dropped from the defamation part of the suit.
But on Monday, the jury returned a verdict that, while it did not completely exonerate the billionaire clan of any wrongdoing, still awarded Chyna no damages at all.
The Los Angeles jury found that none of the members defamed Chyna, nor did any interfere with her contract by convincing the E! network to cancel her reality show Rob & Chyna.
After about 10 hours of deliberations, the jurors decided on the long jury form that the Kardashians often acted in bad faith, finding that they were not justified in telling the executives and producers of Rob & Chyna that Chyna abused their son and brother Rob Kardashian.
Backdrop: Chyna’s sighting comes one day after she vowed to appeal the verdict in her defamation trial, which saw her lose a $108 million case against the Kardashians
But they found that it had no substantial effect on Chyna’s contract or the fate of the show, and she was awarded no damages.
Executives from the E! network, which aired the show, testified that Rob & Chyna ended because the relationship ended, not because of the defendants’ actions.
‘They’re very pleased,’ Rhodes said. ‘I hope they enjoy their gala in New York.’
Chyna’s attorney Lynne Ciani said that based on her reading of the verdict, ‘the jury found that Chyna had not physically abused Rob Kardashian,’ and ‘the jury found that all four defendants had intentionally interfered with her contract with the E! Network.’
Lynne Ciani, lawyer for Blac Chyna (left) and the Kardashians’ lawyer Michael Rhodes are pictured after the jury handed down their verdict
‘We will appeal on the remaining questions,’ she added.
Chyna sat in stunned silence as the court clerk announced their decision. Her mother has now launched a GoFundMe to try and pay for her daughter’s appeal. She is seeking $400,000.
The Kardashians, meanwhile, were ‘exuberant’ at the news, their lawyer Michael Rhodes said. They were not in court, because they were attending the Met Gala in New York City.
‘I’m just happy it’s over,’ Kris Jenner told Variety.
She said the toughest part was ‘going through it’.
Asked how she coped, she replied: ‘Pray. I live in my faith and just hope that’s enough, and yeah, I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad it’s over for the girls. We’re here to celebrate.’
Kim and Khloe Kardashian are seen at the Met Gala with their mother Kris Jenner and half-sister Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian is pictured with her boyfriend Pete Davidson, her mother Kris Jenner and her boyfriend Corey Gamble on Monday night at the Met Gala – hours after the family won the defamation case
Blac Chyna’s mother has launched a GoFundMe to try and pay for her daughter’s appeal. She is seeking $400,000
In LA, meanwhile, Rhodes told reporters: ‘I think the case was very clear cut. The jury got it. I appreciate their service.
‘I think the judge did a wonderful job of making sure it was a fair trial.
‘They [the Kardashian-Jenners] were very pleased, very grateful.
‘They were emphatic in their explicit expression of pleasure.
‘I got to know them quite well over the last few years, and as you know, they’re exuberant.’
Asked if he thought the case would be a shoo-in for the Kardashians, he told DailyMail.com: ‘With a jury, there is no such thing as a slam dunk if you’ve been doing this for a living as long as I have.’
In a statement he added, ‘On behalf of Kris, Kim, Kylie and Khloe, I want to express our appreciation to the jury.
‘We are also grateful for the steady hand of Judge Alarcon in making sure that this was a fair trial.
‘The jury sent a clear message to Miss White (Chyna) and her lawyer – I hope they are listening. Justice has prevailed.’
Defense attorney Michelle Carrie Doolin added that ‘Mr [Rob] Kardashian is very grateful to the jury service and happy to have this matter behind him.
‘And he looks forward to moving on to a new chapter and raising his beautiful daughter.’
The jury was twice sent back to deliberate further when it was found that on some questions in the case against Kylie Jenner the vote had been 8-4 when at least 9-3 was required in the civil case, but they quickly returned with 9-3 votes and the result remained unchanged.
Jurors were considering the defamation case against Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, after a judge threw out the part of the lawsuit against Kim Kardashian in the middle of deliberations.
All four of the women testified during the nine-day trial.
The trial focused largely on allegations that Chyna violently attacked her then-fiance and reality TV co-star Rob Kardashian on a night and morning in December 2016.
He testified that she twice held a gun to his head, wrapped a phone-charging cord around his neck and beat him with a metal rod.
Chyna testified that she had put the cord around his neck and held the gun playfully as the two celebrated the renewal of their reality show, and when the celebration turned into a dispute, she was never violent against him.
(L-R) Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner at the Met Gala on Monday night
But the legal questions the jury considered were all about the aftermath of that fight.
Jurors had to decide whether each of the defendants knowingly lied about the abuse when they talked about it with the producers and executives overseeing ‘Rob & Chyna,’ or spread word about it with reckless disregard for the truth.
And they had to decide for each defendant whether those communications were an illegal interference with Chyna’s contract to appear on the show.
In her closing argument, Ciani argued that it was unreasonable for the four women to have believed that her client violently attacked her former fiance Rob Kardashian.
‘He didn’t have a mark on him,’ Ciani told jurors. ‘There was no call to the police, no trip to the hospital, not even a Band-Aid.’
Rhodes argued during his closing that the women had every reason to believe the accounts of the attack from Rob Kardashian and from Kris Jenner’s longtime boyfriend Corey Gamble, who arrived at the scene and broke up the dispute.
‘Do you remember how Rob looked on the stand? His pain was real,’ Rhodes said. ‘This is a real family. Yeah, they’re famous, but they’re real people. He got really badly hurt here.’
It appeared during the trial that Gamble would prove to be the key witness for the defense. But the television executives and producers whose testimony was often technical, and utterly without drama, would prove more important in the jury’s findings, which rendered the women’s stories of abuse largely irrelevant.
Chyna accused the Kardashians of plotting to cancel her hit reality show Rob & Chyna
The case went to the jury at 4.30pm last Thursday and the 12 men and women on the panel took till 3.30pm on Monday to reach their verdict.
Under California law, civil trials require at least 9 jurors to vote in favor of a verdict.
Unlike the the rest of the trial, there was no fashion parade of Kardashians at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown LA.
Kim, 41, Khloe, 37, Kylie, 24 and Kris, 66, were all 3,000 miles away at the glittering Metropolitan Gala in New York City.
Only their attorney, Rhodes, was in court to represent them.
Chyna’s lawyer, Lynne Ciani, said after the verdict, ‘The jury found that Chyna had not physically abused Rob Kardashian and that they interfered with her contract.
‘We will appeal the remaining questions.’
The Los Angeles trial lasted almost two weeks before lawyers for both sides wound up their closing arguments and the case went to the jury at 4:30pm on Thursday.
Under California law, civil trials require at least nine jurors to vote in favor of a verdict. If nine or more can’t agree, the judge can declare a mistrial.
That would essentially mean that neither side won – and a new trial, with a new jury, could be convened, in which the case would be tried all over again.
After about 10 hours of deliberations, the jurors found on the long jury form that the Kardashians often acted in bad faith on the issues brought up in the case, but that it had no substantial effect on Chyna’s contract or the fate of the show.
As a result, she was awarded no damages.
On the 13-page special verdict form, the most significant of the 70 questions the jury had to answer was number 69: ‘What are Angela White’s damages?’
Angela White is the real name of Blac Chyna.
The jurors left the answer blank.
(L-R) Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian were seen last month on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kris, Khloe, Kim and Kylie Jenner were named in Chyna’s lawsuit
The jury did find, however, that all four Kardashian defendants’ actions with respect to Chyna’s ‘Rob and Chyna’ contract with E! were ‘not justified.’
And they found that only Kylie Jenner’s ‘conduct prevented performance (of Chyna) or make performance more expensive or better.’
The jury did not find the same for the other three family members.
Kylie was also singled out as the only one the jury felt ‘intended to disrupt the performance’ of Chyna’s contract with E!
The jurors decided that Kylie’s statement – ‘She (Chyna) will proceed with using and physically abusing my brother’ – was not true.
But they answered ‘no’ when asked: ‘Was Kylie Jenner’s conduct a substantial factor in causing harm to Angela White?’
They also found that Kris Jenner’s claim that ‘she (Chyna) beat the s*** out of Rob’s face,’ was not true.
But her other statement – that ‘she beat the s*** out of him’ – was true.
Blac Chyna was seen leaving the hearing last week after lawyers made their closing arguments
(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
Rhodes, representing the Kardashians, urged the jury in his summing up on Friday ‘to let the family start to heal.’
He said there was no substance to Chyna’s suit, seeking damages for economic loss of $108 million, saying she had failed to present any hard financial evidence of loss of income or of emotional distress.
Rhodes said that Chyna was violent and aggressive.
‘Did Chyna beat the s*** out of Rob? Yes, she did,’ he said.
‘It was true. It happened.’
Rhodes referred to the day of Chyna and her 35-year-old boyfriend’s ‘big fight’ in December 2016, when she packed up and left their home with their baby girl, Dream, born a month earlier.
Rob Kardashian said that she hit him with a six-foot rod, pulled a phone cord around his neck and twice pointed a gun at his head.
During her testimony, Chyna, 33, denied that they broke up at that point.
Chyna maintains their relationship ended in the summer of 2017, but the defendants say Chyna acknowledged in a written declaration that the two split in December 2016.
Rhodes told jurors on Thursday that she denied the relationship had ended because she wanted to show the television program was still viable.
‘She had to confirm the relationship was still ok because she has to convince you that the network still wanted her show,’ Rhodes said.
‘This was not a relationship that any network executive wants on TV.’
‘Rob and Chyna’ premiered in September 2016 and ran for one season.
Chyna and Rob Kardashian are seen together in Las Vegas in May 2016
The series was renewed for a second season, but in light of Kardashian and Chyna’s breakup, plans for Season 2 were put on hold.
Chyna alleges the Kardashians spread false reports of her assaulting him in order to have the ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ spinoff canceled and ruin her reality TV career.
E! network executives testified during the trial that ‘Rob & Chyna’ was supposed to be a light-hearted romantic comedy.
The court was also told that a producer on the show told Chyna that if she wanted a second season of the show, she would have to mend her relationship with Kardashian, and suggested counseling could help.
Rhodes on Thursday said Chyna’s reaction to the idea was: ‘F*** no, f*** that.
‘F*** Rob. I’m not doing that.’
Rhodes asked the jury: ‘Is this the relationship you want to build your romantic comedy around?
‘Somebody who would say that to her baby’s father? Would you put this on the air?’
Asking the jury to ‘walk with me’ over to his clients – Rhodes represents Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, who are all defendants – he pointed at the assembled Kardashians and said: ‘This is the child’s grandmother, her aunts.’
Rhodes told the jury to recall the ‘pain and anguish’ on Rob Kardashian’s face during his testimony on Wednesday, noting: ‘That was real. This is a real family.
‘Yes they’re famous, but they’re real people.
‘Just because Rob is a big guy, doesn’t mean he can’t be a victim.
‘How would you feel if you child went through this?
‘Picture Rob. What did he look like? Was that fake?’
E! Network executives paid Chyna $370,000 to film four episodes of KUWTK after season one of Rob and Chyna ended. She is seen at right in one of those episodes with Kim Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian, Blac Chyna and Kim Kardashian are pictured in the center in a photo Kim posted to her Instagram
Rhodes also accused Chyna of ‘hiding her money’ and not filing tax returns for three years.
Under oath, Chyna admitted that she told her accountant to stop preparing her tax returns for the year 2019 and has not paid taxes since.
‘You cheated the government – but we’re going to give you millions of dollars – is that right?’ he asked the jury.
She was accused during the fight of smashing a TV, a bedroom door and a Christmas gingerbread house.
‘The gingerbread house was silly, over the top and beautiful – like the Kardashians,’ said Rhodes.
Timeline of Rob and Chyna’s gun incident, breakup and show cancelation
December 14, 2016 – Chyna says she and her then-fiancé were ‘laughing and joking and being silly’ as they celebrated season two of Rob and Chyna being greenlit by NBC Universal.
She denies yelling ‘I’m going to kill you’ to Rob. She told the court that she pointed the gun upwards and didn’t put her finger where the trigger was.
Chyna says she put a phone chord around Rob’s neck ‘as a joke’, because ‘he was playing video games and I was just trying to get his attention.’
December 15, 2016 – Chyna smashes a TV and a gingerbread house and damages the bedroom door.
She said she was furious at Rob for taking her phone in a fit of jealousy and locking himself in a closet to check her messages.
Kris Jenner’s boyfriend, Corey Gamble, shows up at Rob and Chyna’s home.
Chyna says that he stood between her and Rob, telling Rob to get his car keys and get out of the house.
Chyna leaves the home with daughter Dream that morning.
January 2017 – Chyna says she and Rob hiked together in Malibu.
Rob reportedly goes with her to New York for her personal appearance at a strip club, where cameras followed her.
Chyna said she was also filmed by hand-held cameras at another Las Vegas appearance, which made her think they were shooting Rob and Chyna’s season two.
July/August 2017 – Chyna learns Rob and Chyna had actually been cancelled.
October 2017 – Chyna files a $108 million defamation suit against Kris Jenner and Kylie, Khloe and Kim Kardashian and accuses them of forcing producers to cancel her show.
April 19, 2022 – The case finally goes to trial.
May 2, 2022 – Chyna loses the case, and is awarded nothing in damages.
‘When she smashed it, she was venting her anger on everything she was not going to be.’
Earlier on Thursday, the judge denied Chyna’s request to repeat her testimony against the Kardashians after she became upset and walked off the stand when she was shown a nude photo of herself during cross-examination.
Judge Gregory W. Alarcon made the decision on Thursday afternoon to move on to closing arguments.
Chyna’s attorney Lynne Ciani rested the plaintiff’s case on Thursday morning.
The photo is central to another trial that will begin soon after this one concludes.
Chyna is suing Rob Kardashian over the image, alleging he posted it online out of retribution.
Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Khloé Kardashian were in the front row of the courtroom early on Thursday.
Kim Kardashian was absent after attending most of the nine-day trial.
Alarcon began reading the jury instructions in the case late Thursday morning.
Ciani wrapped up her case Thursday by showing jurors a video deposition from Frances Berwick, an executive with NBCUniversal, E!’s parent company.
Berwick said that a second season of ‘Rob & Chyna’ didn’t go ahead because ‘their relationship broke down.’
Berwick said: ‘Their relationship was in a sad place and we didn’t think that it was a good fit for E! – which is frothy and escapist, on the lighter side.’
Berwick said she had not had a conversation with Kris Jenner in which Kris threatened to pull ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ if season two of ‘Rob & Chyna’ went ahead.
Asked why NBCUniversal issued a press release in December 2016 announcing a new season, she said that didn’t mean the series had been ‘greenlit’ but that it was only ‘an indication of what we hoped to do.’
She added that ‘it would not be the first time’ a press release had come out announcing a show that did not go forward later.
Chyna appeared in court Thursday wearing a black check jacket, black leggings and black spike heels, with an orange jacket over the top.
Khloe Kardashian was also in attendance and arrived wearing a black tuxedo jacket over a silk shirt, black leggings and white sneakers.
Her mother, Kris Jenner wore black pants and a black blazer with white piping.
During cross examination last week Rhodes presented Chyna with a copy of the restraining order she filed in 2017 against her ex-fiancé, Rob Kardashian after he allegedly posted ‘revenge porn’ photos of her on social media.
Attached to the restraining order documents were copies of the offending nude pictures which both parties in the case had previously agreed by stipulation would not be shown to the jury.
Jurors did not see them, but Chyna did, and allegedly became ‘upset’ and rattled by the photos.
Chyna was so distressed that when Rhodes grilled her later about the amount of damages she is seeking, she couldn’t name a dollar figure and only gave vague answers to other questions he asked about damages, her lawyer claimed.
Seeing the pictures ‘derailed’ Chyna’s testimony, Ciani told Judge Alarcon.
‘There was a stipulation that the photos would not be included which was violated intentionally,’ she added.
Ciani asked the judge to order Chyna’s previous testimony about damages to be stricken from the record and that she be allowed to take the witness stand again.
Rhodes denied any wrongdoing, telling the court: ‘The premise that I tricked the witness (Chyna) into seeing those photographs is absurd.’
E!’s Keeping up with the Kardashian ended its 20-season run in June 2021
Rob Kardashian testified on Wednesday that he feared for his life on a night in 2016 when his then-fiancée Blac Chyna pointed a gun at his head, pulled a phone-charging cable around his neck and repeatedly hit him with a metal rod while under the influence of substances.
‘She strangled me, she put a gun to my head twice, she was on cocaine and alcohol,’ Kardashian said, his voice rising nearly to a shout in a Los Angeles courtroom as Chyna’s attorney Lynne Ciani sought to cast doubt on the attack and its severity.
During an emotional and contentious hour on the stand, Rob Kardashian grew angry when Ciani asked him why photos and video from the days that followed didn’t show any marks on him, despite his testimony that she had hit him repeatedly with a 6-foot metal rod.
‘Did you have as much as a Band-Aid on you?’ the attorney asked.
‘I just told you it didn’t leave a mark on my face!’ Rob Kardashian said. ‘And the gun to my head two different times during the night didn’t leave a mark to my temple!’