Blac Chyna’s mother Tokyo Toni is begging fans to donate $400,000 so that her daughter can appeal the verdict in her defamation trial, which saw her lose a $108 million case against the Kardashians.
Chyna – real name Angela White – 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.
Yet on Monday, the jury returned a verdict that, while it did not completely exonerate the billionaire clan of any wrongdoing, still awarded Chyna, 33, no damages at all.
After Chyna vowed to appeal, Tokyo – real name Shalana Hunter – has launched a GoFundMe to try and pay for her daughter’s appeal. Currently $685 has been raised by 37 donors.
Hitting back: Blac Chyna’s mother Tokyo Toni is begging fans to donate $400,000 so that her daughter can appeal the verdict in her defamation trial against the Kardashians
Tokyo, 50, was banned from the courtroom during her daughter’s legal battle after a scathing social media rant about the defendants.
During the jury selection process, she 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 ‘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.
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.
Accusation: Chyna (pictured at the 2020 Oscars) had accused Kim, Khloe, Kylie and their mother, Kris Jenner, of making statements that ruined or defamed her reputation
The four Kardashian defendants – Kim, Kris, Khloé and Kylie – attended nearly the entire trial, but when the verdict was read all were in New York at the Met Gala, where this year’s theme was Gilded Glamour.
Chyna was in court for the verdict. She had no visible reaction.
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.
Yet they found that it had no substantial effect on Chyna’s contract or the fate of the show, and she was awarded no damages.
Making money: After Chyna vowed to appeal, Tokyo has launched a GoFundMe to try and pay for her daughter’s appeal. Currently $685 has been raised by 37 donors
Paying their way: Chyna shared a link to the GoFundMe page after the jury returned a verdict that awarded Chyna no damages at all
Executives from the E! network, which aired the show, testified that Rob & Chyna ended because the relationship ended, not because of the defendants’ actions.
Kardashian attorney Michael G. Rhodes said the family was ‘exuberant’ when he called them with the news.
‘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.’
‘We will appeal on the remaining questions,’ she added.
Partying: The four Kardashian defendants – Kylie, Kris, Khloé and Kim – attended nearly the entire trial, but when the verdict was read all were in New York at the Met Gala
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, Khloé and Kylie, 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-fiancé and reality TV co-star Rob 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.
She 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.
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.
Axed: The 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
In her closing argument, Ciani argued that it was unreasonable for the four women to have believed that her client violently attacked her former fiancé 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.’
Fuming: Tokyo was banned from the courtroom during her daughter’s legal battle after a scathing social media rant about the defendants
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.
Jurors were free to make it a split decision – finding against some of the Kardashians but not others.
They gave the family a clean sweep instead, and gave Chyna nothing.
The case isn´t entirely over for Chyna, though.
Separate allegations in the lawsuit against Rob Kardashian, with him as the lone defendant, were split into a separate trial that will likely begin in about a week.
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.