Kailyn Lowry and Briana DeJesus‘s long-running feud has spilled over to the court. Kailyn, 29, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Briana, 27, following assertions she previously made about domestic abuse. According to court documents obtained by HollywoodLife on July 8, Kailyn filed the suit against her Teen Mom 2 co-star after she “asserted that [Kailyn] physically beat Christopher Lopez, the father of two of Lowry’s sons, and broke into and entered the home of Mr. Lopez’s mother.”
Kailyn’s legal team has called the statements false, arguing that they were made “for the purpose of causing” Kailyn “harm” and for Briana to “gain additional media attention for herself.” The reality TV star’s legal team has requested compensatory damages, as well as a jury trial. HollywoodLife has reached out to Kailyn and Briana’s reps for comment about the lawsuit, and will update this article accordingly when we hear back.
The lawsuit comes after Kailyn’s absence from the Tuesday, June 8 episode of Teen Mom 2. The following day, Briana addressed her co-star’s absence during an interview with Celebuzz, citing Kailyn’s arrest in October 2020 for allegedly getting physical with Chris during a dispute over their son Lux‘s, 3, haircut. (The charges were dropped in February.)
“I had absolutely no idea that Kail was going to be cut from the show tonight; however, as a cast member who takes pride in being my authentic self and telling my full, true story — the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between — I would be remiss to not address the situation,” she told the outlet. “Kail is sitting on the show legitimately filming about a wallpaper color choice when she could be filming about a domestic abuse situation with Chris that I was told she was trying to hide.”
“This was back when Lux’s hair was cut and she was allegedly arrested after allegedly getting into a physical altercation with Chris,” Briana continued. “While I understand Kail (and all of us) want to be shown overcoming our struggles and that we all take pride in our names — and Kail takes pride in her brand and her podcasts — at the end of the day, she shouldn’t try to cover up the real her or things that are going on in her real life.” She added, “It comes off as exceptionally inauthentic and an insult to her other cast members.”
After the interview, Briana took to Instagram Story to address the claims further, alleging that Kailyn didn’t want the drama captured on film and that Kailyn broke into Chris’s mother’s home. “It’s not my fault that she got cut from the episode,” she said on IG. “I was just stating facts.”