It's not often that a famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) American celebrity finds themselves at the center of a robbery in a foreign country. And yet, that's exactly what happened to Kim Kardashian last night (October 2) when she was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, according to her publicist and police officers.
Kim Kardashian was staying at the Hôtel de Pourtalès in Paris, where she's previously stayed before.
According to The Mirror, the 19th century luxury townhouse is located near La Madeleine Church in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, close to the famous Champs-Elysees. It is a favorite of celebrity tourists who often pay up to $15,000 a night to stay there. As pictured above, Kardashian and her family were there previously in May 2014, just before her marriage to Kanye West.
At 02:30 AM local time (8:30 PM ET), the reality TV star was robbed at gunpoint by at least two masked assailants.
According to Kim Kardashian's spokesperson, Ina Treciokas, the robbers were also dressed as police officers. They were reportedly let into the residence by the concierge; Reuters reports that police found him in the staircase, his hand and feet bound.
Once inside, the robbers bound and gagged Kardashian in the bathroom and made away with a box containing jewelry worth approximately €6 million ($6.7 million), as well as a $4 million dollar ring, which some are speculating was her new engagement ring. The police said in a statement that "the total amount is still being evaluated."
Police also said that they are currently seeking up to five assailants total. Kardashian herself is "badly shaken but physically unharmed," Treciokas told the press. The New York Times reports that is not clear whether her children, North and Saint West, were on the premises during that time; the rest of the family was reportedly staying in a different hotel.
Her husband Kanye West was in the middle of a performance in New York City when he got the news.
Kanye was scheduled to perform at The Meadows Festival at Citi Field in Queens. He reportedly took the stage a half hour late at 8:45 PM and then ended the set early at 9:40 PM.
Kim has since left Paris aboard a private jet.
Paris has reportedly been subject to a recent string of publicly reported robberies, and officials worry that this latest attack could have a negative effect on tourism in the area.
“Do you realize the kind of anti-commercial this is for Paris?" Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, head of the conservative opposition in Paris, told Europe 1 radio. "Today, you can make any kind of commercial you want for Paris, and they are very expensive. All these commercials were canceled out by what happened to Kim Kardashian.”
Paris mayor Anne Hildalgo, however, maintains that such occurrences are rare.
“I condemn the attack Kim Kardashian suffered last night in her hotel,” she said in a statement to the press. “She has my support and will always be welcome here in Paris. I have full confidence that the police force, as part of their investigation, will quickly identify and apprehend the perpetrators of these acts.”
“This is a very rare occurrence that took place in a private space, and in no way does it call into question the work of our police or the security of our public spaces,” Hildalgo added. “It is possible to visit the French capital and enjoy all it has to offer in secure conditions.”
Suffice it to say that between this and the guy who attempted to assault Kim last week, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star is not having a super great autumn so far.
Seriously, though. Fuck that guy.