Blac Chyna Seeks Restraining Orders Against Rob Kardashian After He 'Cyberbullied' Her with Explicit Photos: Lawyer
Blac Chyna has retained high-powered civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom
Chyna, 29, has retained high-powered civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom and is seeking restraining orders against her ex after his explosive social media rampage this week.
“I represent Blac Chyna,” Bloom tweeted Friday. “I just gave Rob Kardashian notice that we’ll be in court Monday seeking restraining orders against him. More to come.”
Hours later, Bloom released a statement explaining why she is representing Chyna “in this important fight in women’s rights.”
“I am very proud to represent Blac Chyna as she stands up for her rights as a woman and as a mother against her ex, Rob Kardashian. Yesterday Chyna retained me, and today we filed for temporary restraining orders to protect her rights,” reads the statement.
“Mr. Kardashian, you are now on notice: revenge porn is illegal. Cyberbullying your ex is harassment. Chyna ended your relationship months ago and she has the right to live as she chooses, work as she chooses, dress as she chooses, date who she chooses, and be intimate with who she chooses. Chyna and I both believe that this is an important women’s rights issues, as too many women and girls have been slut-shamed by exes,” the statement continues.
“It stops now. Your attempts to shame and control her body are hereby rejected,” the statement reads. “Her body, her choice. Her life, her choice. Back off.”
“Lisa Bloom is the best in the business and has the right sensitivities and skill set to handle this delicate and complex matter,” Chyna’s rep and Bloom’s co-counsel Walter Mosley tells PEOPLE. “She’s a warrior for women’s rights and that’s the type of lawyer we need right now.”
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The news comes just two days after Kardashian, 30, took to Instagram and Twitter to repeatedly post graphic and expletive-ridden content about Chyna, in which he accused her of drug use, alcohol abuse and infidelity, sharing three alleged nude photos of her. His Instagram page was subsequently shut down. (Kardashian has not responded to PEOPLE’s repeated requests for comment.)
Chyna initially responded to the onslaught of messages in a Snapchat post, alleging that Kardashian hit her. The Snapchat was later taken down.
A legal expert previously told PEOPLE Kardashian could be subject to criminal charges for sharing the explicit photos on social media. California, where both parties reside, has “very, very strong non-consensual pornography laws,” said Carrie Goldberg, attorney and founder of Internet abuse and sexual consent firm C. A. Goldberg, PLLC.
“This is sort of the classic, quintessential revenge porn,” said Goldberg, who does not represent Chyna or Kardashian. “Rob has made the work of a prosecutor or a victim’s attorney quite easy so far as to even post about the very motive behind his outrageous act of posting these private and nude photos of his ex.”
In 2013, revenge porn was made a crime under the California Penal Code. According to the state’s law, it is a criminal misdemeanor to intentionally distribute identifiable images of another person’s intimate body parts “under circumstances in which the persons agree or understand that the image shall remain private, the person distributing the image knows or should know that distribution of the image will cause serious emotional distress, and the person depicted suffers that distress.”
If charged, Kardashian could face up to six months in jail and a fine, according to Goldberg. Goldberg also noted that Kardashian could be subject to civil action, should Chyna choose to pursue a lawsuit against him.
Kardashian and Chyna’s roller coaster relationship began in January 2016, when the two went public with their romance. They got engaged just months later, in April. In May, the two announced they were expecting their first child. They welcomed their daughter, Dream Renée, last November, and by February, PEOPLE confirmed the two had called off their engagement.
“He’s made a difficult situation even worse,” said the source, noting that the family is focusing on Dream, 34 weeks.
“At this stage, the primary concern is protecting Dream from all this nastiness,” said the source.