Since a gang of thieves staged a dramatic heist of more than $10 million in jewels from one of the world’s highest profile stars, Kim Kardashian West, conspiracy theories have run wild.
Internet theorists debate them. However, her reps say she was robbed. Police say she was robbed. And Kim Kardashian says she was robbed. There is no evidence she was not robbed.
News accounts paint a disturbing portrait of a frightening robbery, in which a group of thieves, dressed as police officers, penetrated Kim’s expensive rented apartment in Paris. They found Kim alone and tied her up in the bathroom before making off with a jewelry box and ring worth millions. Kim’s reps says she was “badly shaken but physically unharmed,” according to BBC.
Perhaps the theories running rampant on Twitter tell us something about the freewheeling nature of the Internet. Either way, absurd conspiracy theories immediately flew around social media. NYMag says, “It’s pretty clear that the crime isn’t some kind of hoax: Police in Paris are on the scene and searching for the assailants…”
Some think it’s all ridiculous.
Of course, there is no evidence that Kim was not robbed. News sites have recounted a frightening experience that no one should have to endure. Police say a manhunt is underway for the thieves. TMZ describes a horrific tale deserving of empathy in which Kim feared she was going to be raped and begged for her life as masked men tied her up and grabbed a cell phone out of her hands. That hasn’t stopped the Internet, though.
Here are the most absurd Kim Kardashian conspiracy theories:
It Was the Pink Panther Gang
It’s not clear who robbed Kim Kardashian. However, some news sites have theorized the robbery could be the work of the notorious “Pink Panther Gang.”
Page Six says the Pink Panther Gang is a group of “notorious jewelry thieves” who typically wear disguises and have been at work throughout multiple countries for nearly three decades.
According to a 2014 article by CBS News, the Pink Panther Gang is the “most successful gang of diamond thieves in the world” and “is credited with over 370 heists worth $500 million.”
CBS says the gang is primarily composed of networks of former Serbian special forces. “They got their name from those famous Peter Sellers movies of the 70s and 80s,” says CBS.
TMZ says Kim contends the robbers spoke French. According to The Sun, the Pink Panther gang is a “crime syndicate is made up of around 200 criminals who made their name hiding a giant diamond in a pot of skin cream during an audacious 2003 raid in London.” The Sun says the gang is mostly Serbians and Montenegrins and has staged heists in cities ranging from Cannes to Tokyo.
The Russians Wanted to Distract the Media From Trump’s Travails
This is one of the craziest conspiracy theories to circulate around the Internet: That the Russians staged the robbery caper to distract the world media away from Trump’s bad week.
Whether it was his partial 1995 tax returns showing up in a New York Times reporter’s mailbox or a debate performance panned by some, it wasn’t Trump’s best week.
Or: It was Brian Williams. (Not really)
Some people even dragged Ryan Lochte into it.
Others said that people should leave Kim alone because the robbery was a traumatic experience.
The Thieves Really Wanted the Cell Phones
Some conspiracy theorists have argued that, maybe, the thieves were really after the potential treasure trove of personal information stored on Kim’s cell phones, which were also stolen.
It’s true personal information about Kardashian has value in a celebrity-obsessed world, but it’s hard to see how it could be more valuable than $10 million in precious gems.
The Kardashians Have Been the Targets of Conspiracy Theories Before
The Kardashians are no stranger to conspiracy theories, Cosmopolitan reports.
The Kardashians have denied various conspiracy theories against them (including the above), but that has not stopped people from trafficking them on the Internet.