Robert Kardashian's widow, Ellen Pearson, has asked that the explosive lawsuit filed against her by his children Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob be dismissed. The suit alleges Pearson sold their possessions, including family photos and writings, to a publishing outlet last January.
The Kardashians claimed that Pearson licensed their property to Bauer Publishing. The company then published the private information in their magazines Life and Style and In Touch. The reality TV stars are asking for $500,000 in damages on top of profits, statutory damages, punitive and exemplary damages they have reported.
They are claiming a "despicable and unlawful scheme to hold in secret and convert, and now exploit ... private personal and copyright-protected" material. The late Kardashian's four children contend that the family patriarch left the "bulk of his personal tangible and intangible property" to them at the time of his death in 2003.
Court documents indicate Pearson has admitted to receiving monetary compensation by Bauer Publishing. The publishing company ran features that included passages from her late husband's diaries in the tabloids. Pearson is protesting the charges against her, claiming the Kardashian's diaries and other property is not lawfully protected by a copyright that the Kardashians own.
Entries in the diaries allegedly include detailed information about the abuse Kris Jenner, Kardashian's wife at the time, was doling out to his children. Excerpts from an entry Kardashian wrote in 1989 were published in the weekly tabloid magazines owned by Bauer.
Pearson admitted to recently filing for bankruptcy. She asked that the four Kardashian children drop the lawsuit against her. Pearson also requested she be compensated for attorney fees related to the case.
Kardashian, who obtained national fame as a former lawyer on O.J. Simpson's criminal defense team, died at age 59 due to complications with esophageal cancer.