Twelve charged over Kim Kardashian £7.4m Paris jewellery heist

Reality TV personality says she suffered from anxiety after robbery

Twelve people have been charged over a £7.4 million ($10 million) jewellery theft from Kim Kardashian West in Paris.

The American TV star said she was tied up at gunpoint and locked in a bathroom after armed robbers burst into her rented apartment in the French capital in October 2016.

She had flown from the US to Europe to attend Parish Fashion Week with her mother, Kris Jenner, and sisters, Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian.

Judges have ordered the case sent to trial after five years of investigation, a judicial official said on Friday.

While staying alone at a rented apartment during her trip, she was attacked by two armed men in masks, disguised as police officers.

During an episode of her reality show KUWTK in 2017, she admitted Snapchatting her every move, which may have offered hints to the robbers that she was by herself on the night she was robbed.

She revealed she had believed her life was in danger during the robbery and had contemplated trying to escape.

A representative for Kardashian West told CNN she was left “badly shaken, but physically unharmed” by the incident.

Her husband at the time, musician Kanye West, was in New York performing at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival.

After hearing the news, he cut his appearance short.

The couple, who share four children, filed for divorce this year.

Pending trial, several people reportedly involved in the theft have been released from prison for health reasons, including Yunice Abbas, one of the five men accused of carrying out the heist itself.

Mr Abbas, 68, published a book about it last year after being released from jail after 22 months.

He had been working as a nightwatchman at the exclusive residence where Kardashian West was staying at the time of the robbery.

The alleged mastermind, Aomar Ait Khedache, wrote Kardashian West an apology letter from his prison cell, saying he regrets his actions and realises the psychological damage he caused.

The 12 suspects face a range of charges related to the theft.

No trial date has been set.

Updated: November 22nd 2021, 8:04 PM
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