Sunday 18 February 2018

Kendall Jenner tells stalking trial she was terrified as man knocked on her car

Kendall Jenner has given evidence (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Kendall Jenner has given evidence (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Kendall Jenner was terrified when a man followed her up the driveway of her Hollywood Hills home and repeatedly knocked on the window of her car, she told the trial of a man accused of stalking her.

The 20-year-old model and reality TV star used her hands to illustrate how she made frantic phone calls to friends after locking the doors and watching Shavaughn McKenzie until help arrived.

"I've never been so scared in my life," Jenner told the Los Angeles jury hearing the case against McKenzie.

Jenner also said she recognised McKenzie as the same person who had accosted her twice while she was driving outside a property she owned in Westwood.

Jenner kept her composure through nearly an hour of testimony about McKenzie, 25, who was arrested in August outside her home and charged with stalking and trespassing.

He could face up to six months in jail if convicted of either charge.

McKenzie, from Florida, has several trespassing convictions unrelated to Jenner.

He stared at his lap or towards a wall on the opposite end of the courtroom throughout much of Jenner's testimony.

McKenzie's lawyer Taylor Shramo told jurors during opening statements on Wednesday that his client has a severe mental disorder and was unarmed and simply trying to talk to the model.

Jenner, who wore a backless beige blouse and jeans to the crowded courtroom, said she first spotted McKenzie sitting in a street outside her Hollywood Hills home and was suspicious as she pulled into her winding, tree-lined driveway and watched the 13ft tall gate close behind her.

McKenzie somehow slipped through and was not noticed until Jenner prepared to leave the car, she testified.

Even after McKenzie was arrested, Jenner refused to leave her car. "I was terrified," she said. "I was literally traumatised."

Deputy city lawyer Alex Perez said during opening statements that McKenzie was an "obsessed, mentally unstable fan" who had repeatedly tried to meet Jenner outside her homes.

Family friend Shelli Azoff, who went with her husband to help Jenner after getting a call that night, has testified that the incident left Jenner shaken.

Jenner stayed with the Azoffs for several nights and was afraid to sleep alone, Azoff testified.

Jenner is the younger sister of Kim Kardashian West and she shyly recounted her career, which includes appearing on her family's reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, appearing on the cover of Vogue and modelling for several top fashion lines.


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