Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been in a bitter legal back-and-forth with YouTube founder Chad Hurley ever since he leaked a video of their engagement party last fall. Earlier this week, a judge finally signed off on a November 17 start date for the trial. But on April 7, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned, Hurley hit back with a last-ditch appeal meant to keep Kimye from potentially scoring a multi-million-dollar payday from the suit.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Hurley’s attorneys filed an appeal on April 7 against a March 18 ruling from the judge in the case. That ruling had found that the lawsuit could proceed to trial because it did not violate Hurley’s free speech rights.
At the time, Hurley’s attorney, Rodger Cole, vowed to appeal, saying, “We still believe Mr. Hurley’s conduct should be protected by the First Amendment free speech rights.”
Although Hurley signed a release at West and Kardashian’s San Francisco engagement event last October that claimed to preclude him from releasing footage of the party, his attorney said, “We do not believe the celebrity release agreement should preclude him from posting the video he posted [on his website, MixBit].”
As Radar has reported, Kardashian and West recently slammed Hurley in filed court documents form “improper” legal wrangling that was delaying the trial.