Ellen Pearson says that she and the courts are the victims of a manufactured reality TV plotline by the Kardashian clan and she wants Lady Justice to let her state her case. The widow and third wife of Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe’s father Robert Kardashian today filed a motion (read it here) in federal court to be allowed to file counterclaims against the Ryan Seacrest-produced E! series stars’ April copyright complaint against her. A complaint Pearson’s lawyer says was all for the cameras of the supposedly unscripted Keeping Up With The Kardashians. “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,” says the 17-page motion. Pearson has requested that her motion be heard on August 12, 2013 in downtown LA. She wants to counterclaim Defamation, Public Disclosure of Private Facts, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Civil Harassment and Civil Conspiracy to Defame. Producer Seacrest could also see himself and his production company dragged into the proceedings if the motion to file counterclaims is successful, Pearson’s lawyers indicate in accompanying material to today’s filing.
Represented by Marty Singer and Evan Spiegel, the Kardashian sisters along with their brother Robert Kardashian Jr and their mother Kris Jenner initially sued Pearson on April 4 for more than $500,000 in damages. They claimed that Pearson, who married the Kardashian patriarch two months before he died of cancer in 2003, was engaged in a “despicable and unlawful scheme” to sell family photos of the children and parts of their father’s diary to the tabloids. The complaint said that this material belongs to the children as bequeathed by the O.J Simpson attorney in his will. But that was all a ruse says Pearson. “Robert’s diaries and notes exposed Kris as a manipulative and devious mother and ex-wife who simply used and exploited her children and family. The Kardashians carefully developed the Episode as a ‘spin’ to neutralize the exceptionally negative opinion that Robert had of Kris. 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,” today’s motion alleges.
Thursday’s filing also lays out a back and forth between Pearson’s lawyers Arnold Peter and Marcus Lee and the Kardashian’s attorneys over several days earlier this month on the case as discussions of a possible counterclaim escalated. Accompanying documents to the filing indicate that on July 3 Pearson’s lawyers said they intend to “bring a Third-Party claim against Ryan Seacrest and Ryan Seacrest Productions.” Seacrest is not mentioned in today’s formal filing though a separate suit could be filed if the court grants Pearson’s motion. Pearson’s lawyers are accused of “engaging in outrageous, unprofessional and unethical conduct and gamesmanship,” in a July 3 response from Spiegel. There is more of the same from both sides in the accompanying material – which means that ringside seats to that August 12 hearing are going to be much in demand.