Kardashians’ Stepmom Accuses Family’s Lawsuit of Being Reality Show Stunt
Ellen Pearson, the widow of Robert Kardashian, is hitting back at the family’s copyright infringement lawsuit. As Gossip Cop previously reported, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Rob and their mom Kris Jenner sued Pearson in April for giving the late lawyer’s diaries and personal photos to the tabloids.
The information was then used for sensationalized cover stories in various magazines that painted Jenner in a poor light, prompting the family to lash out at Pearson on Twitter, and blast the allegations. They later filed suit, formally accusing her of carrying out a “despicable and unlawful scheme to hold in secret and convert, and now exploit … private personal and copyright protected” material, and asking for “at least” $500,000 in damages. But now Pearson is asking a judge to allow her to file counterclaims, alleging the family slapped her with the lawsuit as a stunt for their reality show.
In the motion, obtained by Deadline, Pearson’s legal team argues, “Episode 2 from Season 8 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, entitled Enough is Enough (“Episode”) first aired on or about June 8, 2013… the filing of this entire lawsuit by the Kardashians was nothing more than part of a carefully orchestrated aspect of the Episode. The entire saga culminating in the filing of the complaint in this action was orchestrated off screen by the Kardashians and then scripted for the Episode.” As Gossip Cop reported at the time, that episode largely focused on Jenner breaking down over the tabloid stories, which accused the Kardashian matriarch of being abusive, based on the material Pearson provided.
As the episode progressed, viewers saw Jenner’s kids convince her to seek legal help, before she eventually decides to sue. Pearson’s attorneys allege that “the Episode was crafted as a form of ‘damage control’ when vivid details were released to the public which ran contrary to the image Kris Jenner has attempted to portray on ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians.'”
“The Kardashians’ strategy was to neutralize the unrefuted details in Robert’s diaries and notes by suggesting that they were in fact both Robert’s words — but were fabricated by Ellen,” claim the lawyers. If her motion is granted, Pearson would countersue the Karadshians for “defamation, public disclosure of private facts, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil harassment and civil conspiracy to defame.” The filing also indicates that, if her counterclaims are permitted, she may also file them against Ryan Seacrest, who produces the family’s show, and his production company.
A hearing on the matter will be heard in August. Pearson married Robert Kardashian in 2003 just weeks before his death from esophageal cancer. Gossip Cop will have updates.