Former Step-Mother Ellen Kardashian Sues the Kardashian Family for Defamation

Posted Wednesday August 7, 2013 9:50 PM GMT

Continuing a feud that's lasted for years, the Kardashian sisters' ex-stepmother, Ellen Kardashian, sued Kris Jenner, the girls, and Ryan Seacrest Productions for defamation.

Playing out partly on television, episodes of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" showed an attempt to trap their late father's wife in some bad behavior, hiring a private investigator to try to sell information about the family to her.

According to the complaint, Ellen was approached by the private investigator, but refused to purchase any of the offered information.

Noting that the girls accused her of marrying Robert Kardashian for money, she goes on to call matriarch Kris Jenner a "manipulative and devious mother and ex-wife who simply used and exploited her children." Naming Kris, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Rob, and the production company as defendants, Ellen is seeking unspecified damages.

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