Last week, In Touch ran a cover story featuring details that were -allegedly- from the late Robert Kardashian’s handwritten journals, penned in the early 90s. The journals included Robert’s observations on Kris Jenner’s poor mothering skills during their separation and divorce. In Touch recounted anecdotes in which Kris would leave her children with Robert for days at a time to go off with her young kept lover, never giving Robert a number to reach her, and never checking in on her children, all under 11 at the time. One of the most disturbing claims was that Kris once kicked and beat little Kim, who would have been around 9 or 10! In response, the Kardashian’s rep issued a statement that “these accusations are ridiculous and not true” and that they had no idea about the journals. The diaries were sold to In Touch by Robert’s widow, Ellen, and the Kardashian sisters of course went on to use social media to attack her character. We didn’t cover all that back and forth, but In Touch has more details here, including Ellen’s responses to the Kardashian’s jabs.
Kris Jenner and the Kardashians probably thought they put that mess behind them with last week’s gossip cycle, but In Touch wisely held on to some of the more damning stories about Kris, which they released in this week’s issue. Not only did Kris – allegedly – beat Kim as a child and pull her hair, the journals also make reference to Kris beating the other children. In 1993, Kourtney (then 14) is said to have called Robert crying after her mother “pulled her hair and twisted her arms.”
Robert wrote of a day when young Kourtney called him “crying and hysterical” after what Robert claimed was abuse that included Kris pulling her daughter’s hair and twisting their arms. Kourtney and Kim “are scared and nervous, have been beat up several times before and are very, very intimidated,” he wrote in an Oct. 20, 1993 memo.
Those episodes left Robert, who died of esophageal cancer in 2003, devastated — and determined to protect his children. “He loved those kids more than anything,” Ellen Kardashian, who was with Robert for five years and married him shortly before his death in 2003, tells In Touch. “Kris didn’t even want kids…Though she liked buying them clothes, making them beautiful,” Ellen claims.
Last week, Khloé, Kim and Kourtney took to Twitter to defend their mother.
That sentiment was echoed by Robert in his journals. On April 23, 1990, the father of four wrote: “[Kris] doesn’t really care about the kids at all.” And in a private memo, he claimed he heard her say, “I love Todd more than anything in this world.”
Enough for Robert to foot the bill for Kris’ romantic gifts? Robert found a $1,200 charge for a refrigerator on his monthly Sears bill and when he called to tell them they’d made a mistake, “They informed me that my wife had purchased this refrigerator for Todd Waterman,” he wrote. He also accused Kris of not returning his gun and silverware, “with a value in excess of $35,000,” that they had been given as a wedding present.
Though Kris has said she’s unaware of the documents’ existence and denied the allegations in last week’s story, some close to the family tell a different story. “What Kris put these girls through is right there in black and white,” a family source tells In Touch. “Their father was brutally honest.”
Let’s assume these journals are authentic and that they were written by Robert Kardashian at the time. Even if they were really written by him, that’s no guarantee that these stories are accurate. As I wrote in the last story on this, Robert Kardashian was a lawyer and he knew that he needed evidence against Kris in a custody case. It’s possible he wrote down all these details in a diary in order to stick it to her in court. That’s not to say I don’t think they could be true, I just hope they’re not.
As I’ve mentioned in other stories about Kris, that detail about her bankrolling her kept lover on her husband’s dime is totally true. The lover, Todd Waterman, went on the record to In Touch last year to confirm that Kris was his sugar mama. He also had the same sentiment as Ellen about Kris’ mothering skills – that Kris was only concerned with superficial things and was instilling those values in her children. That’s obvious to any of us who pay attention to this family, but did Kris abuse her kids? I believe she was probably a neglectful mother – she’s a narcissist and they’re not known for their parenting skills.
How will the Kardashian’s respond to these latest claims? More trash-talk on Twitter about how Ellen isn’t to be trusted?
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