EXCLUSIVE: Judge who presided over Blac Chyna's failed defamation suit against the Kardashians REFUSES to refer her bid to have him disqualified to chief justice after she accused him of 'extreme bias'
- LA Judge Gregory Alarcon has refused to step down from Blac Chyna's upcoming revenge porn trial against ex Rob Kardashian.
- Alarcon ordered her request to be 'stricken', ruling the motion 'discloses no legal grounds for disqualification'
- The 34-year-old, real name Angela White, had filed a statement of disqualification against the judge, claiming he did not give her a fair trial
- Chyna's legal team sought to remove him from the bench for her next trial days after a jury found in favor of the Kardashians in her defamation suit against them
- Filings seen by DailyMail.com show Alarcon also fired back at Chyna's claims, affirming he is 'not prejudiced or biased against or in favor of any party'
- Attorney Lynne Ciani told DailyMail.com she will now ask California's Court of Appeal to kick the judge off the case
- Chyna was seeking $108million in damages, claiming that Kris and Kylie Jenner, and Kim and Khloe Kardashian, sought to damage her reputation
The Los Angeles judge who presided over Blac Chyna's failed defamation case against members of the Kardashian clan has thwarted her attempt to have him disqualified from an upcoming trial, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The reality star, real name Angela White, 34, filed a Statement of Disqualification against Judge Gregory Alarcon earlier this week, accusing him of being 'hostile and extremely biased' and not giving her a fair trial.
The legal action came days after a jury of seven women and five men found in favor of the Kardashian family in Chyna's lawsuit and did not award her any damages.
Chyna's legal team asked the chief justice of LA Superior Court to disqualify Judge Alarcon and remove him from her second, upcoming trial against ex Robert Kardashian.
Blac Chyna - pictured leaving court on April 27 - sought to have Judge Gregory Alarcon removed from her upcoming case against ex Rob Kardashian, citing 'extreme bias'
Judge Gregory Alarcon - seen in an April 19 court sketch - has been serving on the bench for close to 30 years. Prior to that he was the Deputy Attorney General for the State of California
But Judge Alarcon refused to refer the issue to his boss, and instead, decided himself to order that the request be 'stricken', ruling the motion 'discloses no legal grounds for disqualification'.
He also hit back at Chyna's claims in a statement saying: 'I am not prejudiced or biased against or in favor of any party to this proceeding or their counsel.
'All rulings made by me in this action have been based upon facts and arguments officially presented to me and upon my understanding of the law.'
Chyna's attorney, Lynne Ciani, told DailyMail.com exclusively that she is now asking California's Court of Appeal to kick Judge Gregory Alarcon off the case.
She wants the judge removed from Chyna's upcoming trial against Kim Kardashian's brother Rob, who she accused of posting 'revenge porn' photos of her on the internet.
'Judge Alarcon did not permit the presiding judge or a different judge to rule in plaintiff's (Chyna's) comprehensive and meritorious statement of disqualification,' Ciani told DailyMail.com after the judge's decision.
Chyna, 34, lost her $108million lawsuit in which she accused the Kardashians of defamation and 'intentional interference with contracts' that led her to lose money on TV, personal appearances and social media 'influencing'
Kim, Kylie Jenner, Khloe and their mother, family matriarch Kris Jenner, were all named as defendants in the case
'An unbiased judge would have allowed another Los Angeles Superior Court Judge to review plaintiff's statement of disqualification and decide for him or herself whether Judge Alarcon should have been disqualified.
'Instead, the biased judge ruled that he is not biased, thereby depriving Angela White of justice once again.'
Ciani cited two of what she called 'the many blatant judicial errors' committed by Judge Alarcon during the trial involving four of the reality TV superstar clan – Kris and Kylie Jenner and Kim and Khloe Kardashian.
One involved the judge's clerk allegedly asking the Kardashians for their autographs – which prompted her re-assignment to another courtroom.
Chyna's lawyer Lynne Ciani says that Judge Gregory Alarcon of being 'undeniably hostile and extremely biased.' Shortly after being ruled against in her defamation lawsuit against the Kardashians, Chyna is facing investigation for an altercation inside of a Los Angeles bar
The other was Kardashians' attorney Michael Rhodes upsetting Chyna when he showed her nude pictures of herself while he was questioning her about a legal document during the trial.
Judge Alarcon 'did nothing' about his clerk's 'misconduct' and 'egregious conflict of interest,' said Ciani – who also condemned the judge's 'abhorrent mishandling of Michael Rhodes' unlawful showing of naked photos of Ms. White to her during key cross-examination testimony.'
In the trial that ended May 2, the Kardashian women were accused of defaming Chyna and intentionally interfering with her contract with the E! network for the show Rob and Chyna, leading to the Keeping Up with the Kardashians spinoff being canceled after only one season.
But Judge Alarcon is also scheduled to preside soon over lawsuit against her Rob and Chyna co-star, Rob Kardashian, 35 – her former fiancé and father of her five year-old daughter Dream – accusing him of posting 'revenge porn' nude photos of her on the internet after they had broken up.
Now that the judge has denied her effort to have him kicked off the bench, Chyna, said Ciani, 'will be forced to file a Writ of Mandate....to ensure she receives a fair trial by removing Judge Alarcon from that case.
(L-R) Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kris Jenner were seen in a courtroom sketch attending the legal proceedings on April 19. The family attended most of the proceedings during the case but were not present when the verdict was read out as they were in New York City to prepare for The Met Gala
Chyna accused the Kardashians of plotting to cancel her hit reality show Rob & Chyna
'Moreover, the Writ of Mandate will request that Judge Alarcon also be removed from being able to rule on any post-judgement motions in the defamation and intentional interference with contract case against Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner to ensure Ms. White is treated fairly in connection with any such post-judgment motions,' Cianni said in a statement.
While jurors didn't completely exonerate the Kardashians in the trial that ended last week, they also didn't believe Chyna deserved any of the $108million in damages she was seeking.
It was that devastating defeat that prompted Ciani to file her motion to disqualify Judge Alarcon and blasted the Kardashians' attorney, Michael Rhodes who called the move 'a baseless effort to save face after losing at trial,' in court documents.
In a written objection to Ciani's bid to have the judge removed from the case, he added that the motion 'is devoid of any legal basis to disqualify Judge Alarcon from presiding over further matters I'm this action.
'While plaintiff (Chyna) and her counsel, Lynne Ciani, are understandably disappointed about the jury's defense verdict following an emotionally charged trial, their effort to make a scapegoat of Judge Alarcon is frivolous, dishonest and deserving of sanctions,' Rhodes said.
'Highlighting the frivolity of plaintiff's disqualification motion is the fact that Ms. Ciani failed to file her motion until after the jury found against her client.
'This delay reveals the true motivation underlying plaintiff's motion: to salvage Ms. Ciani's reputation by deflecting blame for her own shortcomings at trial and generate further publicity for plaintiff.
'Far from any appearance of bias or prejudice, Judge Alarcon demonstrated considerable tolerance towards Ms. Ciani despite her failure to understand and apply basic rules of evidence.'
Blac Chyna waves as she leaves Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, Friday, April 29 after the judge threw out part of the case against the Kardashian family
E!'s Keeping up with the Kardashian ended its 20-season run in June 2021
Rhodes called Giani's judge disqualification request 'untimely' and went on: 'Plaintiff (Chyna) claims Judge Alarcon exhibited an 'undeniably hostile and extremely biased' attitude towards her and Ms. Ciani since April 19 and 20 – the day both sides presented opening arguments to the jury.
'Yet Plaintiff and her counsel nonetheless proceeded without complaint as Judge Alarcon presided over a 10-day trial.
'In the days and weeks that followed, plaintiff and her counsel had ample time to raise her completely misguided allegations about Judge Alarcon's impartiality.'
Rhodes said the Kardashians 'have long maintained that the case and trial were part of a well-orchestrated publicity campaign.
'Plaintiff makes money as a so-called social media 'influencer' – as she admitted from the stand (as part of her absurd damages claims), the more 'real fans' she has on her social media accounts, the more potential money she can make.'
Judge Alarcon has scheduled May 19 for a court conference to decide a date for the trial in Chyna's 'revenge porn' lawsuit.