Kim Kardashian West was held at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room Sunday by a gang of masked men but was not physically harmed, although the robbers tied her up and stole $10 million in jewelry, according to People Magazine and NPR.
The armed and masked men were dressed as police officers, according to CNN. The New York Times said that two of the men burst into the apartment where Kardashian was staying alone, but they had three accomplices.
The dramatic and disturbing evening was capped off by Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, abruptly leaving stage in the middle of a song at a New York concert when he received the news. For more than an hour, fans were left to wonder what had happened.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Millions of Dollars in Jewelry & Cell Phones Were Stolen
Kim has been conspicuous about flashing her jewelry on social media. The Guardian said that Kim was staying at “Hôtel de Pourtalès, which has nine opulent apartments” and that a manhunt has been instigated to find the robbers.
Good Morning Britain reported that “millions of dollars worth of jewelry is believed to have been stolen.” CNN reported that Kim was staying “in a rented apartment at a luxury private mansion” when the heist occurred and that cell phones were also stolen.
According to NPR, the thieves made off with more than $10 million in gems, including a $4.5 million ring and were led to the actress by a concierge who was handcuffed.
France 24 said the thieves “stole a jewelry box containing valuables worth” $6.7 million as part of the heist.
2. Kim Was Tied up Inside a Bathroom & Some of the Robbers Fled on Bicycles
NPR reported that the thieves held a gun to Kim’s head and tied her up inside the bathroom, before escaping on bicycles. Kardashian has spoken to investigators and left the country, said NPR.
Kim was described as shaken but not physically harmed. Her children were not involved in the incident, said People.
Kim’s hands were tied, and she was gagged, said The New York Times.
3. Kanye West Left Stage During the Middle of a Concert for a ‘Family Emergency’
For more than an hour, fans were left in the dark about what was going on after Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, abruptly left a New York concert mid-set.
Kanye West suddenly left stage during the song “Heartless” on Sunday evening, citing a mysterious “family emergency.”
“I’m sorry. There’s a family emergency. I have to stop the show,” West said, and then abruptly left the stage in the middle of the song.
One man tweeted, “Dude just ran on stage and grabbed Kanye and he said, “Sorry guys, family emergency I have to leave the show” and just ran off the stage…”
Another man said Kanye was pulled aside by his assistant.
Several fans posted videos of Kanye leaving stage on Twitter:
Fans were told Kanye was no longer “on site.”
The Meadows confirmed there had been an emergency, writing on Twitter, “Due to an emergency, Kanye West had to end his performance early. Please get home safely.”
Previously, West had been with Kim in Paris. When Kanye ended the concert, audience members shouted: “Oh my God!” and “What happened to Kim?”
4. Kim Feared She Might Be Raped & Begged for Her Life
TMZ reports that Kim was wearing only a robe when the robbers broke in, and she feared she might be raped and begged for her life as they tied her up and took a cell phone from her hand. The site counters other accounts that Kim was alone, saying a female friend was in a downstairs bedroom.
Kim Kardashian and her sisters have posted repeatedly on social media from Paris. Kim was in France for Paris Fashion Week, said eonline.
Some fans offered prayers and relief that Kim was safe, but others chose to make light of the situation.
Earlier in the day, Kim attended the Balenciaga fashion show and touted the fact she wasn’t wearing makeup.
Kim reunited with Kanye in New York City on Monday, October 3.
Her engagement ring was conspicuously absent from her hand.
5. People Questioned How the Robbers Were Able to Get Through Kim’s Security
People questioned how the gunmen were able to get past Kim’s seemingly always present security retinue. Kardashian’s bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, is normally by her side when she travels, but was not in the hotel room at the time because he was with her sisters, Kendall and Kourtney, at a nightclub, said UK Daily Mail.
Kim had recently Tweeted about how Duvier was always at her side.
It took nearly an hour of wild Twitter speculation and unreturned calls by various media outlets to reps for Kardashian and West for the news to come out.
France 24 said that Kim has been attacked twice in France but wasn’t hurt either time. “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,” said the news site.
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