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Khloe Kardashian Sued for Assault and More Family Lawsuits

As Khloe Kardashian is being sued by a transgender model for assault, The Daily Beast rounds up the family’s other lawsuits.

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Khloe is being sued by a transgender model for assault. See other bizarre lawsuits, including Kim v. Old Navy and the prisoner who sued the sisters for emotional distress. 

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Chantal Spears v. Khloe Kardashian

It’s open season on the Kardashians these days. As Kim faces a potential challenge from Kris Humphries on their divorce, younger sister Khloe is now being sued for assault by a transgender model. Chantal Spears (née Ronald Spears) alleges that, in 2009, Khloe “violently” attacked her outside a Hollywood nightclub. According to TMZ, the incident started when Spears began talking to Kardashian’s husband, Lamar Odom. "All I was telling Lamar Odom is maybe he is too young to get married,” Spears said, “and all of a sudden I get this big push from this girl." Kardashian is being sued for unspecified damages.

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Daniel Goodson v. the Kardashian Sisters

This case had all the makings of a class-action suit. In September 2010 Daniel Goodson, an inmate in a Pennsylvania prison, sued Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian, claiming that watching their television shows caused him "extreme emotional distress due to their outrageousness of actions." Goodson alleged he was made to watch many hours of their shows Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Keeping Up With the Kardashians while in prison. And according to TMZ, “he's permanently scarred from watching domestic abuse (a boxing match on the show featuring Kim), emotional abuse (rantings courtesy of Kourtney and “paramour Scott”) and racism (Khloe referring to a baby doll as “the black baby”). Goodson was seeking $75,000 in damages, but in January an appeals court found that the sisters’ actions were not outrageous enough to warrant a suit. But at least he tried.

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Kim Kardashian v. Old Navy

In July 2011, Kim Kardashian sent a strong message to those who might try to appropriate her image: Fauxdashians will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The reality-show star filed a lawsuit against Old Navy (and its parent company The Gap), alleging that their ads violated her publicity rights by featuring a look-alike model. To add insult to the potential legal injury, it turned out the Kounterfit Kim, Melissa Molinario, was also dating Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend Reggie Bush. 

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B&P v. Kris Jenner

When Kris Jenner wanted to get a little plastic surgery before Kim’s wedding last summer, a beauty company she had a contract with took it as a slap in the face. B&P sued Jenner, alleging that her face-lift violated her endorsement agreement not to harm the reputation of the company and the product she promotes—Beautiful Eyes in a Bag. But according to TMZ, Jenner claims the lawsuit isn’t valid because her surgery did not affect her eyes—she only had the skin on her neck tightened.

Revenue Resource Group v. The Kardashian Sisters

Whatever you think of the Kardashians, you have to give them credit for building a successful brand. So much credit that in 2010 the Revenue Resource Group hired them to endorse a prepaid MasterCard aimed at teens and their parents known as the “Kardashian Kard.” But when Connecticut’s attorney general raised questions about the card’s “pernicious and predatory fees,” the Kardashians pulled out of the deal—and were sued. Revenue Resource Group sought $75 million in damages, claiming that Kim, Kourtney and Khloe caused the collapse of the company by breaching their contract and walking away from the endorsement. In June, a California judge disagreed and dismissed the suit: Baseless.

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Kim Kardashian v. Jonathan Jaxson

After Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries ended, her ex-publicist Jonathan Jaxson went on television, claiming the whole relationship was a publicity stunt and “they were obligated to honor contracts [with the E! network, which had TV rights]; otherwise they would have owed a lot of people a lot of money.” Kardashian did not take the accusation lightly and immediately hired Los Angeles attorney Marty Singer to sue for defamation. Kardashian claimed Jaxson worked for her only once, several years ago, and is seeking at least $200,000 in damages. The drama then escalated when Jaxson began tweeting about a suicide attempt—for which he later apologized.

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Jonathan Cheban v. Kris Humphries

As if Kim’s divorce from Kris Humphries weren’t already controversial, Radar Online reported this week that Kardashian’s best friend, publicist Jonathan Cheban, is considering suing Humphries for $5 million because he repeatedly referred to Cheban as gay during the new season of Kourtney and Kim Take New York. (Cheban denies he is gay.) In an ironic twist, the latest cover story of Star magazine claims that Humphries is also gay, which the basketball star denies.

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Radiant Beauty v. Kim Kardashian

This is one lawsuit that could get hairy. In November, Radiant Beauty, makers of the hair-removal product no!no! Hair, sued Kim Kardashian for allegedly making false statements about a rival hair-removal system she endorses. According to TMZ, “Kim claims she uses TRIA over her entire body, but Radiant maintains even TRIA says it's not safe for the face, head, ears, neck, nipples, genitals or anus.” Further splitting hairs, the company claims “Kim has said numerous times she's been getting professional hair removal treatments for more than a decade, so Radiant wants to know how she can possibly say TRIA is her secret.”

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Rob Delaney v. Kim Kardashian

Comedian Rob Delaney took the end of Kim Kardashian’s marriage very seriously and he sued—to stop her. Writing a column for Vice magazine, “I am also suing Ryan Seacrest, E! Entertainment Television, and Comcast,” Delaney wrote, “for promoting their sham marriage, bilking advertisers, and polluting the airwaves of America and every other nation unfortunate enough to be subject to the disease of Kardashia.” Delaney concluded his jeremiad with a passionate warning: “When you wrap your marriage vows around a cubic zirconia encrusted baseball bat and beat us about the head and face with them, you can stay the fuck married for more than 20 minutes, you sexy monster. I’ll see you in court.”