Blac Chyna and her attorneys claim Ryan Seacrest thinks he's "above the law," and are demanding the E! producer testify about the cancellation of reality show Rob & Chyna, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
In March 8 court documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com, Chyna's attorney, Lynne Ciani, asked the court to sanction Seacrest for $3,255 for his refusal to comply with a subpoena for deposition in Chyna's ongoing court battle with ex Rob Kardashian, his sisters Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner and his mom, Kris Jenner.
"Contrary to Mr. Seacrest's conduct...celebrities with massive wealth and fame are not above the law," Ciani wrote in the affidavit. "Although the requested amount of sanctions for Mr. Seacrest's conduct will not make a dent in Mr. Seacrest's wealth as a practical matter, it is very important of this Court to send a message to Mr. Seacrest and the celebrity community that they, in fact, are not above the law. While no Californian likes to be subpoenaed for a deposition, noncompliance with that subpoena without justification should not be permitted simply because the subpoenaed Californian has the money to pay his attorneys to mount a baseless defense to the subpoena in court."
In the court document, Ciani wrote Seacrest was the executive producer for three shows — Rob & Chyna, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Life of Kylie — and would have details related to the case, including ratings for each show.
Ciani added Seacrest and Rob were communicating around the time the show was picked up for a second season, as well as the subsequent cancellation.
"Now Seacrest is now falsely claiming he had no involvement with the show getting picked up for a second season," Chyna's attorney claimed.
"One of the defenses in this case is that Season 2 of Rob & Chyna did not go forward due to 'poor ratings,'" Ciani wrote in the March 8 affidavit.
"However, Mr. Seacrest likely has unique knowledge regarding the impact on Defendants Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner of the fact that Season 1 of Rob & Chyna had higher ratings than the concurrent season of KUWTK, and twice the ratings of Rob & Chyna's Season 2 replacement show, Life of Kylie."
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In court documents, Seacrest said his company, Ryan Seacrest Productions, has already provided Chyna and her attorneys with more than 800 documents. He further claimed he had "nothing whatsoever" to do with events related to Chyna's dispute with the Kardashian/Jenner clan.
However, Ciani said a tweet by Seacrest congratulating Rob on the season 2 pick-up of Rob & Chyna shows Chyna has the right to question Seacrest: "Based on that tweet alone, Chyna has a right to question Mr. Seacrest under oath regarding the basis for his tweet. For example, is Mr. Seacrest now claiming that he 'accidentally' tweeted that Season 2 of Rob & Chyna has been 'picked up?'"
“Plaintiff’s motion is nothing more than a transparent attempt to harass and unduly burden a third party – Mr. Seacrest – whom, as Plaintiff is well aware, has no relevant testimony to offer,” his attorney argued.
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