Chyna’s Mother Threatens Legal Action Over a Docuseries

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Joanie “Chyna” Laurer’s mother is not happy with the upcoming Reelz docuseries episode looking at her daughter’s last hours. She is now threatening legal action. According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Jan LaQue recently sent a letter to the producers of Autopsy: The Last Days Of…. The letter was in relation to the August 25th episode that will focus on Chyna’s passing. In the email, she said,

I want to make it clear to you, very very clear, that NO ONE – NO ONE – really knows what happened during Joanie’s final hours. So you can’t possibly air something on the supposed “Truth” because you don’t know it. I don’t know it!!

I expect a contact immediately back from you stating that you will not be airing this program. If I don’t hear from you by the end of the day on Monday, August 12th 2019, you will give me no other choice but to have my attorney contact you on this matter. So someone had better contact me on this ASAP.

According to the report, the show’s producers did not make contact with her and LaQue has since sent another email threatening legal action against the show and the “expert coroner” they interviewed for it. She also blasted actress Kerry Newtorn, who plays Chyna in the episode, after she went on social media and said that she had “a blast” filming the episode. She called the statement “morbid and disgusting,” and slammed her for not checking with her lawyers “on whether or not it was cleared by the estate.” She said,


If you continue on with this and defame Chyna or tarnish her legacy in any way, you are really opening yourself up to defamation. Not to mention personal and emotional duress on the part of myself and her family because of what you are doing.


You need to be VERY clear that as her mother and her sole beneficiary, I am going to vigorously defend my daughter and her estate, protect her legacy from vultures like you who want to drag it through the mud, and do whatever I can to stop you and those like you from making a buck off of her tragedy both now and in the future.

Reelz also issued the following statement, but did not directly address the Chyna episode. They said,

Autopsy: The Last Hours of… responsibly explores the circumstances of the passing of well-known and genuinely loved celebrities who the public cares about immensely. The REELZ series generates much feedback from our viewers ranging from fans who tell us it provides closure, medical professionals who praise its scientific accuracy and many who gain helpful perspective of health issues that might not otherwise receive attention like Karen Carpenter who brought anorexia into the public consciousness and, more recently, with Prince whose passing focused attention on the Opioid epidemic.

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