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
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.
"Sheís not doing that well. I mean, itís incredibly traumatic
what happened to her, but our family is super close and great
and weíll get through it together," Khloe Kardashian told U.S.
chat show host Ellen DeGeneres.
"Itís just a wake up call to make a lot of life adjustments.
This is a really serious matter for Kim I think thatís really
personal," she said, adding that Kim had suffered "emotional
Tuesday's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for defamation and
names both MediaTakeOut.com and its founder, Fred Mwangaguhunga,
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"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 victimized, 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 lawsuit
It said that Mwangaguhunga refused to publish a retraction and an
Kardashian has been criticized for making herself vulnerable by
posting photos of her $4 million dollar engagement ring and other
jewelry in the days before the Paris attack.
Others have made fun of the robbery. One California-based company is
selling a Halloween costume called "Parisian Heist Robbery Victim"
that consists of a long black wig, sunglasses, a white bathrobe,
rope, a mouth gag and a large plastic ring.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax and Jill Serjeant; Editing by Alan Crosby
and Andrew Hay)
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