Kim Kardashian sues over claims she faked Paris robbery

Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:04pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kim Kardashian on Tuesday sued a website for claiming she had staged an armed robbery in Paris that her sister said had left her terrorized and traumatized.

The reality TV star filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court in New York against the U.S. celebrity gossip site MediaTakeOut.com for reporting that she had faked the robbery, and then filed a fraudulent insurance claim.

Paris police said the 35-year-old celebrity was robbed at gunpoint of some $10 million in jewelry by masked men who tied her up in her Paris apartment early on Oct. 3.

The website did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kardashian's TV show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" has been put on hold since the robbery and Kim has stopped her other business and social engagements.

In the first TV appearance on Tuesday by a Kardashian member since the Paris incident, her sister Khloe said the robbery had proved a "wake-up call" to the family, who chronicle almost every aspect of their lives on TV and social media.

"She’s not doing that well. I mean, it’s incredibly traumatic what happened to her, but our family is super close and great and we’ll get through it together," Khloe Kardashian told U.S. chat show host Ellen DeGeneres.

"It’s just a wake up call to make a lot of life adjustments. This is a really serious matter for Kim I think that’s really personal," she said, adding that Kim had suffered "emotional terror."

Tuesday's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for defamation and names both MediaTakeOut.com and its founder, Fred Mwangaguhunga, as defendants.   Continued...

 
The entrance of a luxury residence on the Rue Tronchet in central Paris.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes