Kardashians Reach Settlement With Stepmom Over Late Dad’s Diary
The Kardashians’ feud with their stepmom is mostly over, at least in the court room. Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Rob have reached a settlement with Ellen Pearson, their late father’s widow, in their copyright infringement lawsuit, Gossip Cop confirms. As we previously reported, the famous family sued Pearson last year for selling Robert Kardashian’s diaries and personal photos to the tabloids, when the property actually belonged to his kids based on his will.
The Kardashians sought at least $500,000 in damages, claiming Pearson secretly hid the material from them “with the express intent to one-day capitalize and exploit the valuable property and celebrity” of their dad, and then did just that through In Touch and Life & Style. Pearson, who wed Robert Kardashian in 2003 just weeks before his death from esophageal cancer, countersued in response, claiming the legal war was nothing more than a publicity stunt for “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” pointing to a season 8 episode that revolved around the lawsuit, and alleging it amounted to defamation.
But now the Kardashians have resolved their suit. A lawyer for the family tells Gossip Cop, “Kris Jenner and Kimberly, Khloe, Kourtney and Robert (Jr) Kardashian have settled their lawsuit against Ellen Pearson Kardashian. The diaries and photos have been returned to the Kardashians, and all other terms of the settlement are confidential. Ellen will continue her state court action for defamation.”
A number of Pearson’s countersuit claims have already been thrown out, however, and both Kim and Rob have been dismissed from the case. Furthermore, we’re told, the Kardashians, as well as Bunim-Murray Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions, are seeking attorneys’ fees in a hearing set for May 5.