Although many are sympathetic to Kim Kardashian's traumatic armed robbery in Paris that resulted in $10 million worth of stolen jewels from the reality star, others believe it was just what Kim wanted.
A new report from TMZ on Oct. 4 might grant some legitimacy to the doubters. According to the celebrity gossip rag, there is no video evidence of the robbery and kidnapping inside or outside the luxurious hotel Kim stayed in during the attack.
The only video evidence available is police CCTV footage which does not face the front of the building, so the thieves were able to evade them.
Only one smartphone was lifted from Kim’s apartment, not two as previously reported. Sources say the stolen phone did not have any "compromising information” and was remotely wiped.
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“How did Kardashian free herself from being tied up in the bathroom? Or who found Kardashian in the hotel room or bathroom? Where was her security and hotel security personnel or hotel security cameras,” private investigator Patricia D’Orsa-Dijamco told Fox News. “If this was a publicity stunt, she could be in big trouble for making a false police report. Does ‘Ryan Lochte’ sound familiar?”
Lochte is the U.S. swimmer who came under fire at the Rio Olympics for lying about being robbed at gunpoint to cover up vandalizing a Brazilian gas station with his cohorts.
Former undercover DEA agent and police trial expert Michael Levine says when he initially learned about Kim’s harrowing robbery, he believed it to be a ruse.
“It was one of the first possibilities that occurred to me. By now the French police might have a good idea of this,” he told Fox News. “However, I’m certain they will say nothing. They have enough problems.”
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Levine says Paris has more important law enforcement problems. “The amount of terrorism problems, threats and investigations ongoing in France right now likely has every man and woman with a badge working double-time, so if you wanted to run a hoax or publicity stunt, and I am not saying that is what they did, but France would be the place to do it,” says Levine.
Pop culture expert Lex Jurgen of WWTDD.com, however, disagrees, stating that Kardashian is not hard up for attention.
“She has so many ways to get publicity that don’t involve her getting arrested for lying to the police,” says Jurgen. “She could lose her top at Fashion Week and get 10 million SEO hits.”