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Kim Kardashian has fled France on a private jet after masked men put a gun to her temple, left her tied up in the bathroom of her luxury residence in Paris and stole millions of dollars’ worth of jewellery in the early hours of Monday.
The reality star, 35, was robbed by five armed men wearing ski masks and clothes with police markings. At around 3am, the robbers entered the building after the concierge let them in. Handcuffed and at gunpoint, he then led them to the starlet’s flat. Kim reportedly ‘begged for her life’ and told the gunmen she had children at home when two of them entered her room and held the gun to her head.
The men stole a jewellery box worth €6 million ($6.7 million/ £5.24 million) and a ring worth €4 million ($4.5 million/ £3.5 million), prompting fears that the valuables were personal ones, and not just jewellery Kim was borrowing for fashion week.
Kim also lost two of her prized smart phones – ones that are likely to contain a great deal of personal information.
In the star’s last Snapchat post before she was robbed, she is seen wearing the eye-catching 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring that was gifted to her from Kanye West.
The rock is the second one her husband has given her after the original engagement band he proposed with back in 2013. The huge rock features a 20-carat emerald-cut centre stone and may well be the ring worth €4 million that police said has been taken.
In her social media posts from Paris Fashion Week, Kim can be seen wearing an assortment of dazzling jewels, including her diamond grillz by Dolly Cohen.
The mother-of-two, who is in the city for Paris Fashion Week, is ‘badly shaken but physically unharmed’, a spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
The incident comes just five days after Kim praised her personal bodyguard Pascal Duvier as ‘the best in town’ after he saved her from being tackled by serial prankster Vitalii Sediuk. However, Pascal was pictured out with Kourtney Kardashian on Sunday night, suggesting he was not with Kim when the raid took place.
Husband Kanye West was told of the raid halfway through a headline performance at the Meadow Music and Art Festival, New York, and immediately cancelled the set. Their daughter, North, three, and 10-month-old son Saint, are not believed to have been in the room at the time.
On Monday morning, Kim boarded a private jet back to the U.S. accompanied by her assistant and Pascal. She covered her head in a black scarf as she was led across the tarmac to the waiting plane.
‘She’s very pleased to be heading back to the United State,’ said a source close to the case. ‘She has given a full statement for the police.’
Husband Kanye was pictured looking concerned as he headed to the airport in New York to meet her off the plane.
The actress’ family was placed under police protection at the George V palace after the incident.
Kim had only just got in from dinner when the attack happened. On Sunday, she visited the Balenciaga and also the Givenchy show at Paris Fashion Week, before going for a meal with friends.
A barman who works opposite Kim’s flat said: ‘She’s been popping in and out all the time.
‘It’s always the same drill – a people carrier with dark windows turns up, along with the paparazzi and then we see here. Unfortunately too many people seem to know that she lives her!’
A photographer, who has been following Kim since she arrived in Paris, is being questioned by police. He is said to have gained access to a restaurant where she and her family were dining earlier this week by posing as a policeman.
The terrifying event early on Monday happened between the hours of 2 to 4 am (CET). Police said the robbers escaped on bicycles.
It took place in a discreet luxury residence used by celebrities and wealthy individuals behind the French capital’s Madeleine church.
The Kardashian home in Paris is in a luxury block apartment block called Hotel Pourtalès.
It is not a proper hotel, but instead a portered building containing nine flats designed for multi-millionaires.
The Hotel Pourtalès was built in 1839 and classified as a historic monument in 2002.
According to Page Six, Kanye owns the apartment. ‘It’s their home,’ a source said. Kim has stayed there at least once before, in 2014, before her marriage to West.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Manchester United football star, lived in the building for a time while playing for Paris St Germain. Ibrahimovic’s flat in the Paris block was rented for £25,000 a month and the fee including a private cook, chauffer and 24 hour concierge. Others who have stayed there over the years include the late rock star Prince, Madonna, and Leonardo Di Caprio.