Kardashian had been staying at the Hôtel de Pourtalès for Paris Fashion Week when the masked men burst in. She was tied up and her mouth and eyes were covered with duct tape, and the star then revealed that she was afraid that the sexually assaulted and murdered.
During a sit-down interview with David Letterman in 2020, Kardashian described the night as “seven or eight minutes of torture” as she recalled what had happened in harrowing detail.
“They brought the janitor downstairs, handcuffed, with a gun pointed at him. They were yelling at me in French and I sat down,” he said.
“He grabbed me and pulled me towards him. But she wasn’t wearing anything underneath [my bathrobe]”, added Kardashian through tears. “So I thought, ‘OK, this is the time, I’m going to be raped. I just try, like, it’s going to happen. You know, just get ready.”
“But then he tied me up, with handcuffs and then zip ties and duct tape. And then he duct taped my mouth and then my eyes,” she said. “Before he taped me over my eyes, because that was the last thing, I saw that he found my whole jewelry box and picked it up.”
Before her mouth was covered, Kardashian said she was begging the janitor, who was also tied up and handcuffed, to tell the robbers to spare her life for the sake of her family.
“I kept looking at the janitor because I didn’t know who it was, and I was like, ‘What’s going on? Are we going to die?’” she shared. “’Just tell them I have children, I have babies, I have a husband, I have a family… I have to come home.’”
Kim Kardashian’s sister Kourtney had been staying in the same suite as her but was out with friends the night of the incident, and Kardashian said she I began to imagine her sister discovering her body on her way back to the hotel.
I saw him have a gun [held] towards me, and I was like ‘OK, this is it,’” he said. “And I kept thinking about Kourtney. I kept thinking She will come home, and I will be dead in the room, and she will be traumatized for the rest of her life if she sees me..”
Fortunately, Kardashian was not physically injured during the heist, but she stayed mentally marked about the ordeal and had flashbacks and anxiety attacks.
It was later revealed that the intruders, a group of men in their 60s and 70s, had been planning the robbery for two years before the attack, and had used Kardashian’s social media pages to orchestrate the robbery in its entirety.
French police said Kardashian’s use of Snapchat may have tipped off thieves to jewelry she had with her in Paris, as well as the fact that she was alone in the hotel room.
Yunis Abbas, now 67, was one of 12 men charged in the crime and spent 22 months in prison before being granted early release on health grounds.
In a new interview with Vice NewsHe revealed some background on planning the heist and insisted he feels no guilt despite leaving Kardashian “traumatized.”
“I went online and saw her jewelry. I saw her ring. I saw that he was showing it all over the place,” she said in the video. “We learned this information through social networks. We knew he was coming for Fashion Week, so we went there to reconnoiter and make sure.”
Abbas revisited the hotel where it all happened as he explained exactly how the night unfolded to Vice. “We entered through the little door that was open from the inside, as soon as we entered we took control of the concierge,” he said. “We dominate it, we tie it down. We then searched for the keys to the bedroom she stayed in.”
“I stayed down,” he added. “But two of my colleagues went upstairs with the concierge to go to Mrs. Kardashian’s room, then they collected the jewelry. [and] went downstairs.”
Abbas then revealed that after the attack, Kardashian’s assistant had made the mistake of calling 911, the US emergency number, even though the crime took place in France. This meant that the French police were not immediately notified and the intruders had time to escape.
“Millisecond. Kardashian’s secretary called for help but called 911 in America, which scared us,” he said. “Which wasted a lot of their time, and when we got out there were a bunch of cops outside who didn’t know about the robbery.” .
Abbas was ultimately caught because he left his DNA behind when he overpowered the guard. Since he already had a criminal record, it was “very easy” for the police to track him down.
Later in the interviewAbbas admitted that he did not know who Kardashian was when he and the other men began planning the robbery, but he was aware of her then-husband, Kanye West.
As he began to investigate Kardashian more online, Abbas was able to determine how wealthy she is, as well as elements that would make her an easy target.
“I saw one of his shows where he threw his diamond in the pool, on that episode of keeping up with the Kardashians. I thought, She has a lot of money. This lady doesn’t care about anything” he said.
And when asked if he felt guilty about his role in the robbery, Abbas replied: “Since she was throwing the money away, I was there to pick it up and that was it. Guilty? No, I do not care. I don’t mind.”
However, she is in no doubt about the impact the heist had on Kardashian, saying, “Of course she must have been traumatized. I do not doubt it.
Abbas went on to suggest that the attack was a result of Kardashian being “provocative” with her wealth online while giving advice to other celebrities on how to avoid being targeted in the future.
“They should be a little less flashy for people who can’t afford it,” he said. “For some people, it’s provocative.”
Understandably, Kardashian completely overhauled his lifestyle after the robbery, revealing that he now does not keep anything of value in his house and does not post on social media in real time.
“No expensive item comes to my house,” he said during a 2021 news conference. keeping up with the Kardashians meeting. “They took everything from security before I even got into my house. I can’t sleep if I have jewelry in my safe, or money, or anything in my house. I just don’t live my life like that.”
“As for jewelry, if I wear anything, it’s borrowed. It is false,” he added.
Speaking in the view In 2017, Kardashian said of her new approach to social media, “I might take a picture, save it, post it when I’m leaving the place or when I’m in a different place, because I don’t think that worked that well for me when I was posting up until now.” the last detail. I have learned from the experience”.
Kardashian also became less “materialistic” after her ordeal, saying Ellen Degeneres in 2017: “I was definitely materialistic before, and it’s not like there’s anything wrong with having things and working hard to get them. But I am so happy that my children understand me and that this is how I am raising my children.”
“I just don’t care about those things anymore,” he added. “I don’t mind showing off like I used to.”