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Fame and celebrity

Kim Kardashian robbed at gunpoint in Paris, jewels worth $10 million stolen

Police said the robbers tied up Kardashian and locked her in a bathroom before escaping on bikes

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 12:15pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 10:08pm

Kim Kardashian West was unharmed after being robbed at gunpoint of more than $10 million worth of jewellery inside a private Paris residence Sunday night, police officials said.

A spokeswoman for Kardashian West said the reality TV star was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” after masked men dressed as police officers also tied her up in the flat’s bathroom before fleeing the scene.

Paris police official said five armed, masked men, who were still at large, stole a jewelry box containing valuables worth 6 million euros ($6.7 million) as well as a ring worth 4 million euros.

The two officials confirmed Kardashian escaped uninjured and that an investigation was underway. They were not authorised to be publicly named speaking about ongoing investigations.

Police said the robbers tied up Kardashian and locked her in the bathroom before escaping on bikes.

Kanye West was performing at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York at the time. He abruptly ended his set Sunday night after telling his fans had a family emergency.

“I’m sorry, family emergency I have to stop the show,” West told the audience.

Kardashian West has been in Paris for fashion week. She attended the Givenchy show Sunday evening.

She was also ambushed last week by a serial celebrity accoster Vitalii Sediuk who attempted to assault her as she was entering a restaurant. Kardashian West was also attacked outside of a Paris fashion week show in 2014. She wasn’t hurt in either incident.

Paris has been a special place for the Kardashian West and her husband, who spent the weekend there before marrying in Florence in May of 2014.

Kardashian stayed at the residence near Paris’ Madeleine church. Police said the thieves entered the building after the concierge let them in. Handcuffed and at gunpoint, he then led them to the starlet’s flat.

It’s unclear whether the couple’s two children, 3-year-old daughter North and 10-month-old son Saint, were with Kardashian West when the robbery happened. Police said the actress’ family was placed under police protection at the George V palace after the incident.

Fan reaction on social media sites to West’s departure from the concert was mixed, with some saying emergencies can happen to anyone, but others complaining they had paid US$300 for tickets and didn’t get their money’s worth.

The festival later issued a statement that praised West for a “great show” and said: “Our thoughts are with West and his family.”

Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse

 

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