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Neighbors Sue Kardashians For Emotional Distress Caused By Surprise Fireworks
A group of a dozen neighbors are now suing Khloe Kardashian for emotional distress after she rudely awakened them with her midnight fireworks spectacular.
Kardashian decided to throw a birthday fireworks show last Tuesday for her boyfriend, NBA player James Harden, at a party held on a yacht near Marina del Rey. At midnight, the fireworks went off and delighted some, while distressing many others. Now, a dozen irritated residents are suing her and her mother, Kris Kardashian. Each neighbor wants $7,500, which is the maximum amount you can get in California small claims court, TMZ reports. One neighbor said the fireworks upset her child, and another claims that her multiple sclerosis has been worse since the incident.
The neighbors elected to go to small claims court because they think it means that the Kardashians, not their lawyers, would have to show up and they could tell them off in person—which is more important to them than the $7,500, according to TMZ. Of course, the Kardashians could just not show up, and the judge could make a decision without them present. Or, the Kardashians could attempt to settle with the neighbors outside of court. They probably have an extra $90,000 (you know, $7,500 for each plaintiff) stashed away somewhere among their family members.
Numerous residents who aren't suing the Kardashians voiced their disapproval to L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, who plans on investigating who let Khloe Kardashian put on the 15-minute show. Councilman Mike Bonin, for one, was not a fan.
Various agencies have pointed fingers at each other, all but invoking Arrested Development's maritime law to say 'not it.' The U.S. Coast Guard said that they knew about the fireworks, but their only job was to figure out if it was safe to launch them or not. They also said that the show didn't need a marine permit because there was only one boat in involved, and because it was in the open waters a mile out from the harbor. The L.A. County Fire Department inspected the yacht for safety, saying it did meet all the required criteria. The problem seems to be that no one evaluated the fireworks show for annoyance to others.