Ellen Pearson Kardashian caused a major media frenzy earlier this year when she sold diaries supposedly written by her late husband, Robert Kardashian, to In Touch and Life & Style.
The Kardashian Diaries paint a scandalous picture of Rob’s ex-wife, Kris Jenner, accusing her of all sorts of awful behavior towards her famous children. In early April, Kim Kardashian, her mom, and her siblings retaliated by filing a lawsuit against Ellen. Now, their stepmom is sounding off in response.
The basis of Kris and her children’s suit is that Ellen had no right to sell Robert’s personal diaries to anyone. Their court documents contend that the diaries are “private personal and copyright protected” material, and that Ellen selling them was a "despicable and unlawful scheme” to exploit the family. They’re asking for $500,000 in damages.
Ellen is not disputing that she sold the diaries. She admits that Bauer Publishing, which owns both In Touch and Life & Style, paid her for the rights to print them. However, she maintains that the Kardashian family’s claims of having copyright ownership over the diaries are entirely false.
Because the diaries belonged to Ellen’s late husband, she says that she had the right to sell them. Though she does admit to the Kardashian family’s claim that she filed for bankruptcy, Ellen is still asking that the lawsuit be formally dismissed. It all comes down to the issue of who owns the copyright. Sounds like it will be up to a judge to decide that one!
Source: Radar Online