NEW YORK, USA – Reality star Kim Kardashian jetted home to the United States on Monday, October 3, to be comforted by husband Kanye West, after being tied up at gunpoint in Paris and robbed of jewelry worth $10 million.
The multimillionaire mother of two and wife of the American rap superstar, was holed up at a luxury apartment in New York’s swish Tribeca neighborhood “badly shaken but physically unharmed” after the assault.
Kardashian and her husband stepped out of the back seat of a car after a convoy bristling with bodyguards pulled up to the apartment block, as 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 eggplant-colored pants, towering black stilettos and a plunging black top.
West kept to his usual street cool of jogging bottoms, green anorak and a grey hoodie as he walked behind his wife into the building, where a 5-bedroom penthouse was recently on the market for $24.5 million.
Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner also went into the apartment building, an Agence France-Presse photographer said, dressed in black and also ignoring questions from reporters about her and her daughter’s state of mind.
Her daughter – a California-based TV and social media star who earned $51 million last year according to Forbes – has yet to speak out publicly about the assault.
French police said the 35-year-old 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 2:30 am (0030 GMT) on Monday.
Masked men dressed as cops
A police source said the robbers made off with a ring worth around 4 million euros ($4.5 million) and a case of jewelry with a value of 5 million euros ($5.6 million). Two mobile phones were also taken.
Police said 5 men were involved and two of them entered Kardashian’s bedroom in the luxury residence where she has stayed before.
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 she got from her husband – a photograph of which she posted to social media last Friday – TMZ added.
Kardashian’s spokeswoman 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, but he was unhurt, police said.
Investigators say the assailants may have fled on bicycles.
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 flew out of 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 defense after she was mocked on social media following news of the ordeal.
“People making jokes about [Kim Kardashian] 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.
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— James Corden (@JKCorden) October 3, 2016
Model Chrissy Teigen wrote: “Please do not think that I think celebrities are special snowflakes. I just miss empathy, in general, for everyone.”
Some shit just isn't funny. I see you trying, but it isn't.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
Fame is interesting. Celebs are supposed to love you guys while also knowing you'd make a meme of our dead bodies to get retweets— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
I dunno. It's hard to explain because everyone thinks money and fame is pure awesome, so it just sounds whiny. I get it, trust me. Go off.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
It is just a weird little world that I cannot expect anyone to get. I know it seems super awesome and laughable. I know.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
I myself think it is bonkers.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
No one is begging you for sympathy. I know the game plan is to naturally hate celebrities https://t.co/EMHRslQKu6— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
I'm not trying to be condescending. I really do get it. I would be the same way if I didn't have the random opportunity to see both sides.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
Please do not think that I think celebrities are special snowflakes. I just miss empathy, in general, for everyone.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
Kardashian, one of the most recognizable US celebrities, has been a fixture of celebrity news for more than a decade after the leak of a sex tape and the success of reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
In Paris, tourism professionals said such a high-profile incident was disastrous in 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.” – With reports from William Edwards with Pauline Talagrand in Paris, AFP/Rappler.com
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