Kim Kardashian is suing a publicist who once worked for her and is now implying on television that the reality star’s marriage to Kris Humphries was a sham. “It was obvious it was staged,” Jonathan Jaxson told Fox’s Good Day L.A. on Friday, while promoting his tell-all book about the pursuit of fame. “For me, it was fake because Kim said previously that she … didn’t want to get married weeks prior to the wedding itself.”
Jaxson also claimed that he worked with Kardashian in orchestrating a phony engagement to NFL star Reggie Bush in 2007 by arranging photographers to catch her shopping for a ring. “We turned it around and made it a media spectacular,” Jaxson said. “Never were they engaged. It was all for pure publicity.”
Kardashian has hired Los Angeles attorney Marty Singer to sue for defamation and, according to TMZ, she’s asking for $200,000 in damages. In an emailed statement, Singer said:
“As a result of Jonathan Jaxson communicating outrageous false statements last week, Kim Kardashian commenced legal proceedings on Friday afternoon against Jaxson.
Mr. Jaxson sought to get his 15 minutes of fame to promote his alleged book by falsely stating he was Kim’s publicist. Mr. Jaxson was never Ms. Kardashian’s publicist. In fact, in March 2007, Jaxson apologized in writing to Kim for referring to himself as her publicist.
My client is exercising her legal rights and remedies just as anyone else would do under these circumstances.”
On the phone, Jaxson tells EW that he wasn’t implying that Kardashian’s wedding to Humphries was a fraud, only that it was choreographed by a television show that demanded a heightened sense of artificial reality. On his website, Jaxson posts photos of he and Kardashian together, as well as email exchanges, and insists he has “never signed an agreement with confidentiality with Kim Kardashian.”
“I only put them up after the lawsuit [reports] because I wanted people to see the proof because I was being attacked by this claim that she doesn’t remember me,” Jaxson tells EW. He claims he was initially Kardashian’s publicist and continued to do her favors, such as leaking rumors and news. “Like, she doesn’t remember me? Really? And I only worked with her on a blog? That’s such a blatant lie.”
Jaxson also stands by his admission that he helped Kardashian orchestrate her non-engagement engagement hoopla to Bush. “It is a true statement,” he says. “I have proof. I have the emails where we set this up.”
Jaxson has yet to be served with any legal papers, though he says he called Gloria Allred’s office today and would love for her to take up his case, if necessary. Jaxson’s book, Don’t You Know Who I Am Yet? in which he promises “salacious details” about his work as a Hollywood publicist, is “being self-published for the most part,” according to the author, and is expected Jan. 2.