The Kardashian clan and Ryan Seacrest Productions were sued Wednesday by Ellen Kardashian – the TV stars' widowed stepmom – who claims the family and "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" show tried to frame her as a blackmailer and paint her as shameless gold-digger.
Ellen (left), who was married to Kardashian patriarch Robert Kardashian before he died, filed her lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleging single counts of defamation, public disclosure of private facts, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy. She's seeking unspecified damages.
The suit names Robert Kardashian's ex-wife Kris Jenner and her daughters Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney; son Rob; and Ryan Seacrest Productions (though not the "American Idol" host himself).
The suit says "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" producers sent a private investigator to try and sell damaging information about the Kardashians to Ellen Kardashian – purpose: to make her look like a blackmailer — but she wasn't buying it and rebuffed the P.I.
She also says the Kardashian girls' banter on a June 9 show made it seem like she married Robert Kardashian "on his deathbed" in 2003 (they were wed just a few months before his death from cancer) to get his money.
"This statement is false and implies that Robert was an invalid when he married Ellen. The truth is that Robert and Ellen had been engaged for a year and a half" before deciding to get married after his diagnosis, according to the lawsuit.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report