Kris Jenner and her brood launched a lawsuit against Ellen Kardashian after she allowed diaries belonging to Robert Kardashian, who died of cancer ten years ago, to be published.
Now Robert Kardashian’s widow, Ellen, has hit back by filing a counter-suit accusing the powerful Hollywood family of hiring private detective Jake Schmidt to dig up dirt on her – all to boost ratings.
According to the documents obtained by Radar Online, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and their mother Kris Jenner hired the PI to trap Ellen in “unlawful or illicit behavior”.
The so-called sting involved a series of “mysterious” text messages, which Ellen Kardashian claims, were sent to her by Jake Schmidt in March in which he offered damaging information about Kris Jenner and asked for a meeting.
The suit states the texts are “purposefully ambiguous” but imply the information is for sale. Ellen Kardashian rejected the offer.
Ellen Kardashian is accusing Kris Jenner and her family of hiring private detective Jake Schmidt to dig up dirt on her, all to boost ratings
Legal papers say Jake Schmidt again asked to meet with her for a second time and again she refused.
He then “menacingly terminated the dialogue by threatening to turn the information that he has over to the Kardashians”.
The writ continues: “Empty handed from his unsuccessful attempt to entrap Ellen, Jake apparently went back to the Kardashians and they were forced to air what little information he was able to gather.”
The episode called Enough is Enough was simply a vehicle to bash her state the legal papers.
“It all adds up to a seedy attempt by the reality TV family to entrap Ellen as part of a scheme to create ratings.”
Claims of fakery are hardly new accusations for the show.
During Kim Kardashian’s bitter divorce from Kris Humphries, the basketball player tried to argue he was duped into marriage for the TV show.
And a producer called to give testimony in the hearing swore under oath that scenes were manipulated to make Kris Humphries look like the villain.
Ellen Kardashian, Robert Kardashian’s widow, is being sued by Kris Jenner and the Kardashian siblings for copyright infringement.
The reality stars filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Los Angeles last week against Ellen Kardashian.
They claim Ellen Kardashian “sold their property, such as family photos and writings, to a publishing outlet this past January”.
“Today’s filing should serve as notice that they will vigorously defend their rights when forced to do so,” the Kardashians’ lawyer Marty Singer told The Hollywood Reporter.
The items are said to detail the Kardashians’ lives before they found fame and have featured in magazines Life & Style and In Touch.
Ellen Kardashian, Robert Kardashian’s widow, is being sued by Kris Jenner and the Kardashian siblings for copyright infringement
The February 4 issue of In Touch magazine featured an article titled “The Secret Kardashian Diaries” while Life & Style magazine included a piece with the headline: “Feature on the life struggles of the Kardashians including Khloé Kardashian”.
Ellen married Robert Kardashian two months before he died of cancer in 2003 after dating for around five years.
The widow is alleged to have retained some of her husband’s possessions including his diary and family photographs and licensed portions of the diaries to Bauer Publishing, which owns the magazines.
In their lawsuit, Kris Jenner and Kardashian siblings accuse Ellen Kardashian of a “despicable and unlawful scheme to hold in secret and convert, and now exploit… private personal and copyright protected” material.
The complaint alleges that Robert Kardashian bequeathed the “bulk of his personal tangible and intangible property” to his four children, including Robert Kardashian Jr.
The Kardashians claim that the diary and family photo albums are “incontestably” their inheritance and property.
They allege that Ellen Kardashian has kept her late husband’s belongings “with the express intent to one-day capitalize and exploit the valuable property and celebrity of the famous Robert Kardashian”.
Kris Jenner and her children are now requesting their return.
When Ellen Kardashian filed for bankruptcy back in 2010, she was required to list all assets and property of value but did not list her possession or ownership of the diaries or photographs.
The new lawsuit alleges that Ellen Kardashian cannot claim “any ownership interest” because she failed to disclose the items in the bankruptcy process.
The publication of excerpts of Robert Kardashian’s diary in the magazines was, according to the lawsuit, an effort by Ellen to “peddle and exploit, and disclosed to tabloid and other media, the private and valuable personal papers of Robert Kardashian”.
It asserts that the widow was paid for an interview and provided purported rights to the photographs.
The siblings are now demanding at least $500,000 in damages.
The new filing appears to be somewhat of an about turn from the Kardashians who called into question the existence of the diaries when excerpts were first published.
The family’s representative released a statement, saying: “We have no knowledge of these diaries existing and these accusations are ridiculous and not true.”
Ellen Kardashian received volleys of insults from the sisters after she leaked the diaries she claimed were penned by the late lawyer, in which he says their mother Kris Jenner was guilty of physically abusing Kim.
In the diaries, Robert Kardashian supposedly claims Kris Jenner, 57, kicked, beat and threatened to kill Kim as their 12-year marriage collapsed.
Ellen Kardashian has previously claimed her late husband was not the biological father of Khloe.
She said during an interview: “These are authentic handwritten journals I have shared, that my late husband Robert Kardashian so carefully wrote during 1989 and 1990 at a most trying and touching time of his life. They are my personal possession and he left them to me on his passing.”
Ellen Kardashian, Robert Kardashian’s widow, has fired back at stepdaughters Kim and Khloe, accusing them attacking her online with vicious lies.
Ellen Kardashian has been labeled a “piece of trash” by the reality stars.
Robert Kardashian’s widow received volleys of insults from Kim and Khloe Kardashian after she leaked diaries she claimed were penned by the late lawyer, in which he says their mother Kris Jenner was guilty of physically abusing Kim.
In an interview with InTouch magazine, Ellen Kardashian said she was particularly enraged at claims made by Khloe that she had married her father “on his deathbed”, clarifying that she married him two months before he died of esophageal cancer in 2003.
“To say that is completely false and horrible. I was with Robert for almost five years total. I dated him for three years, and he proposed to me in 2001,” she said.
“We married two months prior to his passing in 2003 and planned a wedding. We didn’t just run right out and get married.
“In fact, I met with the girls just the week before to go over all our plans. We had a beautiful wedding with the girls and all of his family at our home.
“It’s sad they choose to lie when they know their father was so happy on that wonderful day.”
Ellen Kardashian also blasted the sisters for getting the number of years since their father’s death wrong and for saying she needs to get a job.
She added that the way Khloe Kardashian mocked her for going bankrupt was unfair, as she could not afford to pay home loans taken out by their father.
Ellen Kardashian went on: “Now that’s old news. When Robert died, he left me a big mortgage on both homes, and I had to pay.
“So when the real estate market went south, just like 50 per cent of all the rest of Americans, it wasn’t worth keeping. So at my lawyer’s advice, I didn’t.
“That was two years ago, and I let the bank take it back. To get out from underneath everything else, they filed bankruptcy at the same time. That’s true and a record anyone can pull up at the County Recorder.”
Ellen Kardashian, Robert Kardashian’s widow, has fired back at stepdaughters Kim and Khloe, accusing them attacking her online with vicious lies
In addition Ellen was unhappy at being labeled Robert Kardashian’s ex, and denied she was out to make money by selling the journals.
Ellen Kardashian exclaimed: “I am not his ex! I am his widow! I have nothing to hide. I have not belittled them or chastised them or said shameful things about them.
“If this was about money, I would have done this nine years ago, because I’m not the one who was left the insurance policy.”
Her remarks come after Kim and Khloe Kardashian attacked Ellen for the tabloid story which accuses Robert Kardashian’s former wife, Kris Jenner, of child abuse.
She provided Robert Kardashian’s alleged journal to In Touch, and in it he supposedly claims Kris Jenner, 57, kicked, beat and threatened to kill Kim as their 12-year marriage collapsed.
However, both Kim and Khloe Kardashian took to Twitter on Thursday to slam and discredit Ellen.
Khloe Kardashian tweeted: “How can such a piece of trash even mention my father’s name. You married him on his death bed when he was not even aware of his surroundings.
“You should be hiding in shame for all of the lies you sell to the tabloids.
“You have no right to even mention our names especially my mother’s! We don’t know you!!! How dare you spread such lies! You are a disgrace.
“10 years after my father’s passing & now that she has filed for bankruptcy…NOW she sells FALSE stories. Hope that money buys you water in hell.”
Kim Kardashian , 32, who is expecting her first child with Kanye West, also blasted Ellen, tweeting: “10 yrs since dad passed & this woman he married 4 wks before he died needs to get a job instead of trying to destroy my family w fake stories.”
Kourtney Kardashian’s fiance Scott Disick tried to add some levity to the situation after Ellen claimed Kris Jenner tried to beat and threatened Kim.
Scott Disick wrote: “She’s def threatened to kill me, but who hasn’t.”
Kris Jenner’s close bond with all of her children has been documented over the years on E! reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Kris Jenner also acts as a “momager” to her Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Robert Kardashian as well as her two children with Bruce Jenner, Kendall and Kylie.
Ellen married Robert Kardashian, a lawyer who represented OJ Simpson, in 2003 just two months before his death, after dating for nearly six years.
Ellen Kardashian has previously claimed her late husband was not the biological father of Khloe Kardashian.