Paris gunmen rob Kim Kardashian of $10M in jewelry

FILE - In this June 24, 2015, file photo, Kim Kardashian poses during a photo call at the Cannes Lions 2015, International Advertising Festival in Cannes, southern France. Kardashian said on Twitter August 3, 2016, that her BlackBerry smartphone died. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

PARIS (AP) — Armed robbers forced their way into a private Paris residence where Kim Kardashian West was staying, tied her up and locked her in a bathroom before making off with more than $10 million worth of jewelry, police officials said.

A spokeswoman for Kardashian West said the reality TV star, who was in Paris attending fashion week shows, was badly shaken but physically unharmed. Police said she left Paris Monday morning.

A Paris police official said five assailants, 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 ($4.5 million.) In a message to The Associated Press, the Paris prosecutors’ office said that only two of the five suspects forced their way into the apartment

Police said the thieves entered the 19th-century luxury residence in Paris’ chic eighth district after the concierge let them in. Handcuffed and at gunpoint, he led them to the starlet’s flat.

Two police officials said the robbers tied up Kardashian West and locked her in the bathroom before escaping on bikes. They were not authorized to be publicly named speaking about ongoing investigations.

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 hotel.

Her husband, Kanye West, abruptly ended his performance at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York on Sunday night.

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

Johanna Primevert, chief spokeswoman for the Paris police department, says that the attack on Kim Kardashian shouldn’t put off anyone thinking of coming to Paris.

“This is the result of people who obviously posed as policemen and who assaulted Ms. Kardashian in a private hotel in her room by threat of a weapon,” Primevert told the AP Tuesday.

“This kind of incident is extremely rare in Paris. This is a star who is famous worldwide. Do not confuse what happened to Ms. Kardashian and probably was the result of an organized team who had planned their action with the assault of a tourist in front of Notre Dame (cathedral) or another tourist spot in Paris.”

Primevert said the losses were estimated at several million euros but no exact number was yet available. She said an investigation would determine that, along with the details of exactly what happened.

“Clearly when you have a star like Kim Kardashian who has, I think, more than 48 million followers on Twitter … I think this could have happened abroad just as easily as in Paris. It was really the celebrity who was targeted, with possessions that had been seen and noticed via social media, and it was these goods that the attackers targeted.”

Friends of Kim Kardashian West have arrived to console the reality TV star in New York City following her ordeal in Paris.

LaLa Anthony, wife of basketball player Carmelo Anthony arrived Monday afternoon, as did family friends Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck, who are often featured on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

They all arrived separately and did not speak to the media. Video cameras lined Friends of Kim Kardashian West have arrived to console the reality TV star in New York City following her ordeal in Paris.

Kris Jenner indicated her daughter was doing OK, giving a “thumbs up” signal when a reporter asked how Kim Kardashian West was faring after being held up by gunpoint.

Jenner was seen leaving the New York City apartment where Kardashian West retreated to on Monday, hours after she was the victim of a robbery at gunpoint in Paris.

Jenner, wearing a long black fur coat, did not speak when she left the building. She exited in a black sports utility vehicle.

LaLa Anthony, wife of basketball player Carmelo Anthony arrived Monday afternoon, as did family friends Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck, who are often featured on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

They all arrived separately and did not speak to the media. Video cameras lined barricades outside the building, capturing security guards milling about.
barricades outside the building, capturing security guards milling about.

With France under a state of emergency following extremist attacks that left more than 200 people dead in the last 20 months, news of the robbery immediately sparked criticism from political opponents of the Socialist government.

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a right-wing member of Paris council and a potential candidate in next year’s presidential election, said the robbery was proof that “there is a general emergency on security” in the French capital.

“Regardless of all the very expensive advertising we do to promote ‘I Love Paris,’ tourism and the image of Paris, all these ads have been brutally canceled by the Kim Kardashian case,” Kosciusko-Morizet told Europe 1 radio.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, a close ally of Socialist president Francois Hollande, condemned the assault and said Kardashian West will “always be welcome in Paris.”

Hidalgo said she is confident police will quickly identify and arrest the suspects and that the incident “in no way calls into question police work or security of public space” in Paris.

Kardashian West was also ambushed last week by a serial celebrity accoster who attempted to assault her as she was entering a restaurant. She 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 Kardashian West and her husband, who spent the weekend there before marrying in Florence in May of 2014.

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