The Kardashian sisters and their mother were recently humiliated by the release of Robert Kardashian Sr.’s private diaries. The entries surfaced in bombshell reports from both Life & Style and In Touch Weekly and included accusations of infidelities, neglect, and even abuse. The family was devastated over the publication and now, they are suing the woman behind it — Robert’s wife Ellen Pearson.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian are teaming up with their mother Kris Jenner and suing Ellen claiming that the girls were given the diaries when Robert passed away which means that by Ellen releasing them, she is infringing on the girls’ copyright.
Elle reportedly licensed portions of the diaries and photos to Bauer Publishing, which owns In Touch and Life & Style, but in this new lawsuit, Kris and the girls claim that Ellen had no authority to do so, calling it a “despicable and unlawful scheme to hold in secret and convert, and now exploit … private personal and copyright protected” material.
The suit explains that at the time of his death, Robert gifted “the bulk of his personal tangible and intangible property” (which includes things such as clothing, jewelry, and works on paper) to Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and their younger brother Robert. So, the diaries appear to be “incontestably” theirs — not Ellen’s.
In addition to that, Ellen allegedly filed bankruptcy in 2010 which required her to list all of her possessions and at that time, she said nothing about the diaries or photo albums of her late husband.
The complaint continues to say Ellen is “estopped from now claiming any ownership interest” because she didn’t list the items in the bankruptcy process and to do otherwise, the lawsuit says, “would constitute an admission that [she] defrauded the Court and her creditors.”
The sisters are suing Ellen for copyright infringement and requesting at least $500,000 in damages, among other things including other profits, statutory damages, punitive and exemplary damages is demanded.
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