US reality TV star Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint at a luxury residence in Paris by at least two men dressed as police officers, her publicist and police say.
Kim was in France for Paris Fashion Week along with her mother, Kris Jenner, and sisters, Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. Just a few hours prior to the incident, Kim was active on Snapchat. She documented a video of herself FaceTiming with Blac Chyna during a baby shower with Rob Kardashian.
A box containing jewellery worth up to €6 million (£5.2m; $6.7m) was among items taken, a police spokesman said.
The concierge led the gunmen to the residence where they tied Kardashian West up in the bathroom, police said.
A spokeswoman for the star said she was “badly shaken but physically unharmed”.
The mother-of-two – who became a household name thanks to the reality series Keeping up with the Kardashians – has now left France, flying out of a Paris airport aboard a private jet.
The star’s spokeswoman, Ina Treciokas, told CNN the robbery had been carried out by masked men with guns. Police sources told the Associated Press news agency that they were seeking five assailants, two of whom had forced their way into the house.
Aside from the jewellery box, a ring worth €4 million was also snatched, AP reported, citing police officials.
The robbery took place at about 02:30 local time (00:30 GMT), police said.
Kardashian West’s husband, the rapper Kanye West, was on stage at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York at the time of the robbery. He abruptly ended his set, telling fans: “I’m sorry, family emergency. I have to stop the show.”
Kardashian West stayed at the luxury residence, behind Paris’s Madeleine church, at least once before, in 2014 before her marriage to West.
“The loss amounts to several million euros, mostly jewellery. The total amount is still being evaluated,” police said.
TV host James Corden criticised those making light of the incident. He tweeted: “People making jokes about Kim Kardashian tonight would do well to remember that she’s a mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend. Be nice or shut up.”
Tweet: People making jokes about Kim Kardashian tonight would do well to remember that she’s a mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend. Be nice or shut up.
It is unclear if the couple’s two children, three-year-old daughter North and 10-month-old son Saint, were at the home at the time. Police were guarding the site on Monday.
The star was in Paris for the city’s fashion week with her mother Kris Jenner and her sister Kendall Jenner.
Last week she was approached by a prankster who tried to kiss her bottom but was stopped by a bodyguard.
Kardashian West first rose to fame as a friend and stylist to Paris Hilton. She later appeared in her own reality programme, Keeping up with the Kardashians, about her family.
KANYE WEST’S ABRUPT EXIT
Kanye had already arrived 30 minutes late for his set at the Meadows Music Festival in New York. The 39-year-old rapper shocked fans when he abruptly cut his set short in middle of performing the song “Heartless” and walked off-stage.
Concert attendees shared videos of the abrupt departure. In a fan made video, shared on Twitter, the rapper can be heard saying, “I’m sorry, I have a family emergency” before walking off the stage. “I have to stop the show.”
One Twitter user, described the incident: “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,” Twitter user Joe Berg said.
The Meadows NYC’s official Twitter account confirmed West would not be coming back to finish his set. “Due to an emergency, Kanye West had to end his performance early. Please get home safely.”