Kim Kardashian feared she was about to be raped during the robbery in Paris
Kim Kardashian bravely freed herself by ‘wriggling her hands’ after five masked men bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties and left her in a bathtub during her terrifying robbery ordeal in Paris.
Kim feared she was going to be raped during the break-in that left her tied up in her luxury Paris apartment as men dressed as police officers stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry.
But once they had gone she managed to break free from the restraints and scream for help from her balcony.
Kim had been asleep in just a robe early Monday when she heard the robbers barreling up the stairs of her two-story apartment behind La Madeleine church in the city’s 8th arrondissement, TMZ reported.
She was halfway through dialling her bodyguard when her phone was snatched out of her hands. Meanwhile, her quickthinking friend Simone Harouche sprung from her bed downstairs and locked herself in a bathroom, the website reported.
The fashion stylist and longtime friend of the Kardashians called Kim’s personal bodyguard Pascal Duvier, who was out at the Arc nightclub with Kourtney and Kendall less than two miles away.
Meanwhile, the 35-year-old reality star begged for her life, screaming that she had two children as five masked men bound her wrists and ankles before leaving her in the bathtub.
Kim managed to squeeze her hands out of the wrist ties by ‘wriggling her hands,’ a source told People. Another source said she ‘screamed from the balcony’ after freeing herself, which is when her friend Harouche heard her.
Kim, who later told police she feared she was going to be raped, didn’t understand the French-speaking robbers amidst the chaotic scene.
But she heard them repeating ‘ring, ring’ before she realized they were searching for the 20carat emerald-cut Lorraine Schwartz ring given to her by husband Kanye West, according to TMZ.
She soon told them where she left the ring, which is worth a reported $4.5million and last seen on Kim’s finger in a Snapchat post earlier that night.
The men, who entered the building after holding the concierge at gunpoint, also stole a jewelry box worth $6.7 million before escaping on rented bicycles available throughout the city.
Kim’s bodyguard, who managed to return to the apartment two minutes after the men escaped, was blasted for allowing the shocking security lapse while former guard Steve Stanulis suggested it was an inside job.
Kim was seen boarding a private jet on Monday morning with her head covered in a black scarf, while a concerned Kanye met her at the airport in New York.
As the couple walked into their home in Manhattan with a huge security presence posted outside, Kim’s engagement ring was notably missing from her finger.
But a source close to the case said: ‘She’s very pleased to be heading back to the United States. She has given a full statement for the police.’
While her security team was blasted for allowing the robbers to reach her Paris bedroom, Duvier boarded the star’s private jet back to the US along with Kim’s assistant. Just hours before the raid, he tweeted that ‘you don’t become a bodyguard overnight...it’s a job with dedication, responsibility and passion.’
He expressed his commitment to finding the perpetrators and said: ‘The events that occurred in Paris was one of the most sickening things I have seen or heard.
‘We have tips and leads and we will find you. That I promise you...you messed with the wrong one.’
The bodyguard has been at Kim and Kanye’s side since 2014 and stands at 6’4” and weighs a hefty 264 pounds.
He made his comments on a personal internet blog tonight where he also re-posted media profiles of himself after the robbery.
Steve Stanulis, a security specialist who last worked for Kim and Kanye during the Met Gala in May, blamed the star for broadcasting her jewelry on social media. He also suggested possibilities of an inside job.
He told Dailymail.com: ‘Look, they had this coming to them. They do not respect the importance of security when you have a profile as strong as theirs.
‘I saw this happening. It just had to with the way Kim flaunts her riches and her diamonds.’
He also told Page Six: ‘I would say it’s either an inside job or publicity stunt. That hotel is so secure, somebody must have tipped them off that she was alone inside, or shown them a way in.’
In the star’s last Snapchat post before she was robbed, she was seen wearing a stunning Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring while Facetiming her future sister-in-law Blac Chyna at her baby shower just two hours before the incident.
She was also seen wearing the dazzler hours earlier when she and sister Kourtney arrived at the Alaia showroom.
The rock was given to her by Kanye just last month. He proposed to Kim back in 2013 with another Lorraine Schwartz ring thought to be worth upwards of $1.6million.
While the exact pieces that were taken haven’t been confirmed, Kim had been wearing her newest ring in multiple social media posts, as well as during her outings in Paris.
On Monday morning, Kim was seen without either of the rings on her finger.
Kim also lost two of her prized smart phones, which are likely to contain a great deal of personal information. An eye witness described the moment that French police stormed into the Paris apartment to free Kim from the violent jewel-robbing gang.
Rough-sleeper Marion Marionescu told MailOnline how he was woken in the early hours of Monday morning by police sirens as he slept in a Paris Metro station.
And he told how he watched squadrons of heavily armed officers rush into the exclusive Hotel Portales in the centre of the French capital.
Marionesuc, who is in his 30s, told MailOnline: ‘I was settling down to sleep after returning to my spot after wandering the streets when I was woken by lots of police sirens.
‘There were so many police cars I knew it was not something normal. I went up to the street to see what was happening. There were lots of police cars.
‘And there were all of these policemen going into the building. They had their guns out. There were officers in uniform and others in plain clothes.
‘I had no idea what was going on but I didn’t want to ask because I didn’t want to get involved.’