The cast of Ellen Kardashian’s legal fight with her deceased husband’s children and ex-wife just had some marquee names added. Today a defamation and infliction of emotion distress complaint was filed against Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim-Murray Productions in LA Superior Court (read it here) The Kardashian clan of Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Robert Jr and mother Kris Jenner were also named, as was Jenner Communications. The Keeping Up With Kardashians producer and American Idol host was not personally named as a defendant. Very similar to a motion for counterclaim that Ellen Kardashian/Pearson filed in federal court in July, today’s 20-page complaint alleges that the widow of Robert Kardashian is the victim of a manufactured reality TV plotline from earlier this year by the clan and the production companies and a “manufactured lawsuit” in filed in federal court in April. Kardashian/Pearson withdrew her federal motion for counterclaim earlier this month with a window open to file it again if she wanted to. Seeking damages of $500,000, the Kardashian suit against their ex-stepmother claimed that Kardashian/Pearson, who married the family 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 widow sees that very differently and says her husband’s diaries and notes depicted Kim in a negative manner. That, Kardashian/Pearson claims, is what this legal back and forth and the way it was played out on E! is really all about. “This shameful rewriting of history by the Kardashian siblings, at the direction and behest of Jenner, Seacrest, and The Production Company, was motivated by profit and is an insult to the legacy of their own father,” says today’s complaint of the June 2, 2013 “Enough Is Enough” episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. “At all times herein, without factual support for their accusations, and with the intent to destroy Ellen’s professional career and personal reputation for television ratings, the Defendants worked together to publish both oral and written defamatory statements, knowing such statements to be false. On information and belief, Plaintiff contends that in collusion and for the purpose of creating “reality” television drama for commercial gain, the Defendants drafted the script, drafted production notes and published statements for The Episode, knowing that such actions would be to their benefit and at Ellen’s expense,” adds the filing. Kardashian/Pearson is seeking unspecified general and special damages as well as “exemplary damages in an amount sufficient to punish.” In a request for a 12-day jury trial, she also wants interest and legal costs and whatever else the court thinks she deserves. As she was in her now withdrawn motion for counterclaim request, the plaintiff is represented by Arnold Peter and Marcus Lee of Beverly Hills’ Peter Law Group.