The Kardashians' private emails and text messages will be subpoenaed as part of the explosive counterclaim lawsuit filed against them by their ex-stepmom, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
Lawyers for Ellen Kardashian -- who filed a defamation, harassment and conspiracy lawsuit against against Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob Kardashian and their momager, Kris Jenner, in the United States District Court in California on Thursday -- believe the communications will expose how the famed family initially filed a lawsuit against their client purely as a storyline for the E! show and then staged scenes in order to build drama around it.
"Ellen's lawyers believe they will be able to prove the the storyline was orchestrated with the full knowledge of Ryan Seacrest and the production company behind the show, along with the Kardashians' lawyers and the Kardashian siblings, at the direction and behest of Kris Jenner," a source told Radar.
"Text messages and emails between members of the family, Kris' team, producers of the show, writers and E!, plus their production notes, will be crucial to proving their case.
"Ellen's lawyers will therefore be demanding the pre-trial discovery phase cover text message and email traffic between all the key players and family members. They believe this communication will show that producers and the Kardashians concocted a storyline of the Kardashian kids coming to the aid of Kris Jenner."
The emails and text messages would inevitably also reveal whether any of the dialogue and discussion in key Keeping Up With The Kardashians scenes were scripted, the source added.
Revealed the insider: "The email and text message traffic will detail when the storyline came up, who brought it up, what was discussed, whom communicated to whom and when the scenes were filmed. It will provide a narrative of how the episode and legal situation all came together behind-the-scenes."
This is not the first time the Kardashians have faced a challenge about how "real" their reality shows are: Kim's ex-husband, Kris Humphries, threatened to expose how scenes were filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles, yet presented as having taken place two months before during a business trip in Dubai.
What's more, in a deposition, Russell Jay, a Kardashians' producer, admitted at least two scenes were "scripted, reshot or edited" to make the NBA star look like the villain after Kim, 32, decided she wanted a divorce after 72 days of marriage.
Ellen, who married the Kardashian children's father, Robert, two months before he died of esophageal cancer in 2003, was labelled a "slippery snake" during episode two of the current season of KUWTK.
"Ellen's lawyers believe the evidence they uncover from the opposing party will prove that many of the defamatory statements made by the Kardashian siblings and Jenner about Ellen were scripted or discussed prior to being recorded," the source said.
As Radar was first to report, Ellen blasted her former relatives in the blockbuster lawsuit, saying they do not have "meaningful careers or professions" and instead "subsist on exposing their perverse private affairs to the world, including "unorthodox sexual acts, extramarital affairs, sex tapes and out of wedlock child birth."
"The series follows the often sordid, decadent and scandalous lives of the Kardashians," the lawsuit stated.
"The series' phenomenal success is based on a basic premise embraced by the Kardashians in general and Kris Jenner in particular -- to expose their outlandish and controversial activities to world-wide television viewers for commercial profit.
"The success of the series is predicated entirely on the revelation of private information of the most salacious variety, the degree and nature of which must escalate in order to maintain public interest."
Ellen is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.