How Kim Kar­dashian lost $10 mil­lion

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

RE­AL­ITY star Kim Kar­dashian jet­ted home to the United States on Oc­to­ber 3 to be com­forted by hus­band Kanye West af­ter she was tied up at gun­point in Paris and robbed of jew­ellery worth US$10 mil­lion. The multi-mil­lion­aire mother of two and wife of the Amer­i­can rap su­per­star was holed up at a lux­ury apart­ment in New York’s swish Tribeca neigh­bour­hood “badly shaken but phys­i­cally un­harmed” by the as­sault.

Her hus­band walked off stage dur­ing a con­cert when he learned of the heist, which put re­newed fo­cus on se­cu­rity in France, where tourism has taken a hit fol­low­ing a se­ries of high-pro­file at­tacks.

Kar­dashian and West stepped out of the back seat of a car af­ter a con­voy bristling with body­guards pulled up to the apart­ment block, seen in a video posted on celebrity news web­site TMZ. Kar­dashian kept her head down and ig­nored ques­tions from re­porters about how she was do­ing, her long hair hid­ing her face. She wore baggy egg­plant­coloured pants, tow­er­ing black stilet­tos and a plung­ing black top.

West kept to his usual street cool of jog­ging bot­toms, green rain­coat and a grey hoodie as he fol­lowed his wife into the build­ing, where a fivebed­room pent­house was re­cently on the mar­ket for $24.5 mil­lion.

Kar­dashian fam­ily ma­tri­arch Kris Jen­ner also en­tered the apart­ment build­ing, dressed in black and also ig­nor­ing ques­tions from re­porters about her and her daugh­ter’s state of mind.

Her daugh­ter – a Cal­i­for­ni­abased TV and so­cial me­dia star who earned $51 mil­lion last year, ac­cord­ing to Forbes – has yet to speak pub­licly about the as­sault.

French po­lice said the 35-yearold was “tied up and locked in the bath­room” of a res­i­dence in the chic Madeleine district of Paris, near the city’s main de­part­ment stores. The crime oc­curred at 2:30am on Oc­to­ber 3.

The rob­bers made off with a ring worth around 4 mil­lion eu­ros ($4.5 mil­lion) and a case of jew­ellery with a value of 5 mil­lion eu­ros ($5.6 mil­lion), a po­lice source said. Two mo­bile phones were also taken.

Five men were in­volved, two of whom en­tered Kar­dashian’s bed­room in the lux­ury res­i­dence where she has stayed be­fore, po­lice said. The rob­bers zip-tied Kar­dashian’s hands with plas­tic hand­cuffs, duct-taped her mouth and an­kles, dump­ing her in the bath­tub, TMZ re­ported. The star told po­lice that she feared she was about to be raped, the web­site said.

The rob­bers al­legedly kept say­ing “ring, ring” and Kar­dashian told them where to find a new ring given by her hus­band, TMZ added.

Kar­dashian had posted a pho­to­graph of the huge di­a­mond sparkler – re­port­edly a 20-carat ring by Lor­raine Schwartz – on her fin­ger, while rest­ing her chin on her hand, mouth opened to show off gold den­tal grillz, as well as a black and gold choker and, of course, se­ri­ous cleav­age.

The re­al­ity TV star’s spokesper­son said “two armed masked men dressed as po­lice of­fi­cers” burst into her room.

An­other mem­ber of the gang re­strained the build­ing’s se­cu­rity guard dur­ing the rob­bery, po­lice said, adding that the guard was un­hurt. The as­sailants may have fled on bi­cy­cles, in­ves­ti­ga­tors say.

The star’s body­guard, Pas­cal Du­vier, was ab­sent at the time, pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity for Kar­dashian’s sis­ter Kourt­ney at a Paris night­club, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion source said.

It is not known whether Kar­dashian’s two young chil­dren were with their mother at the time of the rob­bery.

Kar­dashian left France on a pri­vate jet af­ter be­ing ques­tioned by po­lice about the rob­bery. She had been in the French cap­i­tal at­tend­ing Paris Fash­ion Week, in­clud­ing cat­walk shows by Ba­len­ci­aga and Givenchy. Other celebri­ties leapt to her de­fence af­ter she was mocked on so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing news of the or­deal.

“Peo­ple mak­ing jokes about @ KimKar­dashian tonight would do well to re­mem­ber that she’s a mother, a daugh­ter, a wife, a friend. Be nice or shut up,” tweeted Bri­tish co­me­dian James Cor­den, host of CBS’s The Late Late Show.

Model Chrissy Teigen wrote, “Please do not think that I think celebri­ties are spe­cial snowflakes. I just miss em­pa­thy, in gen­eral, for ev­ery­one.”

One of the most recog­nis­able US celebri­ties, Kar­dashian has been a fix­ture of celebrity news for more than a decade af­ter the leak of a sex tape and the suc­cess of the re­al­ity show Keep­ing Up with the Kar­dashi­ans. In Paris, tourism pro­fes­sion­als said such a high­pro­file in­ci­dent was dis­as­trous for a city where tourist num­bers have de­clined since ji­hadist at­tacks in Novem­ber killed 130 peo­ple.

Paris Mayor Anne Hi­dalgo sought to down­play the rob­bery, say­ing it was “a very rare act that hap­pened in a pri­vate space”.

Photo: AFP

Kanye West (left) and Kim Kar­dashian at­tend a fash­ion show in Paris on Septem­ber 29, three days be­fore Kim was robbed at gun­point in her lux­ury res­i­dence.

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