Kardashian sues website over faking robbery story
KIM Kardashian filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Mediatakeout.com for alleging the reality TV star faked having her expensive jewellery robbed in Paris to cheat her insurers out of millions.
In a suit filed in New York, the 35-year-old star said that "after having been the victim of a horrific and traumatic armed robbery in France, Kim Kardashian returned to the United States only to again be victimised, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her a liar and thief".
The articles "claimed, without any factual support whatsoever, that Kardashian faked the robbery, lied about the violent assault, and then filed a fraudulent claim with her insurance company to bilk her carrier out of millions of dollars," the lawsuit said.
"Defendants' malicious publication of the Articles, which paint the victim of a serious crime as a criminal herself, is libellous per se."
The multi-millionaire US reality TV star, who was in the French capital for Paris Fashion Week, was robbed on Oct 3 by five men posing as police officers.
She was tied up and locked in the bathroom while the robbers helped themselves to a ring worth around four million euros (S$6.1 million) and a case of jewellery with a value of five million euros.
Two mobile phones were also stolen during the hold-up.