New video from inside the high-end Paris L’Hôtel de Pourtalès, shows Kim Kardashian sitting calmly on a couch, apparently video-chatting on a smartphone as police comb the room for evidence of the robbery against her there on October 3. The video, originally posted by the celebrity gossip site Radar Online, may be viewed above.
Also on Tuesday, a pedestrian in Paris discovered a pendant that had allegedly been taken from the reality TV personality in the robbery, according to an NBC News report.
The item could yield DNA evidence, the report said — evidence which would give French police an important clue in their attempts to track down whoever robbed the 35-year-old mother of two, who is one of the world’s most famous women.
Since she reported the Paris robbery, which reportedly netted the culprits about $10 million in jewelry belonging to Kardashian, rumors have circulated online — as well as on gossip sites — that the robbery was an elaborate hoax perpetrated by Kardashian herself as a publicity stunt.
But this week, according to the celebrity news site TMZ, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star filed a lawsuit in federal court against one such site, MediaTakeOut.com, over a series of posts alleging that she “staged” the robbery and actually “let the robbers in.”
Kardashian had previously requested a retraction of the stories from the MediaTakeOut site, but the site did not oblige.
However, Radar Online says in its Tuesday story posted in its site that the new video supports the claims of a “fake” robbery. The motive, according to Radar Online, was “to bail out bankrupt Kanye West!”
In February, the rapper who is Kardashian’s third and current husband posted a message on his Twitter feed announcing that he was “still 53 million dollars in personal debt.” However, West added in a subsequent Twitter post, “Yes I am personally rich and I can buy furs and houses for my family.”
According to a report in Vanity Fair magazine, West’s debt comes largely from his forays into “the brutally difficult fashion business — an industry that requires significant upfront costs and can promise little in return.”
But there has been no evidence that West is personally bankrupt.
“In the jaw-dropping video shot immediately after the crime, the ‘reality’ star is seen sitting cozily on a couch, bundled up in a blanket, calmly video-chatting on a cell phone — and far from hysterical as she’s been publicly painted,” Radar Online wrote in a story attributed only to Radar Staff. “What’s more, Kardashian sources said the thieves swiped Kim’s phone — which doesn’t explain whose phone she’s using in the video!”
The Kardashian robbery report has also sparked widespread mockery not only online, but in the form of a “Parisian Heist Robbery Victim” Halloween costume advertised online by the site Costumeish.com, and purportedly selling for $69.99.
The “costume” allows the wearer to pretend to be bound and gagged while wearing a bathrobe, as Kardashian says she was during the robbery.
“This Halloween it’s all about the #Hallomeme and who better than America’s goddess of all things glamorous ‘Parisian Heist Robbery Victim Costume?’ She has devoted her life to promoting American decadence, youth, and hedonism but all that flashy living caught up with her one night in Paris when armed men bound her, stole her jewelry and her peace of mind,” the Costumeish site advertises, avoiding any actual mention of Kim Kardashian’s name. “This Halloween have some fun with pop culture and dress just like the Queen of Social media with our sensational ‘Parisian Heist Robbery Victim Costume’ Costume.”