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Fame and celebrity

Kim Kardashian sues website over claims she faked Paris robbery

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 October, 2016, 5:21pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 October, 2016, 9:14pm

Kim Kardashian has filed a lawsuit against Mediatakeout.com for ­alleging the reality television star faked having her expensive jewellery robbed in Paris to cheat her ­insurers out of millions.

In a lawsuit filed in New York on Tuesday, the star said that “after having been the victim of a horrific and traumatic armed robbery in France, Kim Kardashian returned to the United States only to again be victimised, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her a liar and thief”.

The articles “claimed, without any factual support whatsoever, that Kardashian faked the robbery, lied about the violent assault, and then filed a fraudulent claim with her insurance company to bilk her carrier out of millions of dollars”, the lawsuit said.

The multimillionaire US ­reality television star, who was in the French capital for Paris ­Fashion Week, was robbed on ­October 3 by five men posing as police officers. Kardashian was tied up and locked in the bathroom while the robbers helped themselves to a ring worth around €4 million (HK$34 million) and other jewellery worth €5 million.

French prosecutors formally opened an investigation into the armed robbery, a judicial source said yesterday. The investigation is focusing on “armed theft in a gang, criminal conspiracy and kidnapping”, the source said.

DNA traces that were found in the luxury apartment where ­Kardashian and her entourage were staying are being examined, another source added.

Kardashian has been a fixture of US celebrity news for more than a decade, known mainly for the television show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.