Kim Kardashian sues website over claims she faked Paris robbery
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.