Watch Kim Kardashian Open Up about the Terrifying Paris Robbery
Kim Kardashian West is finally opening up on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" about the night she was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris apartment during last year's Paris Fashion Week. The episode focused on before and after the incident. The reality star shares that she believed the thieves were going to rape her and kill her.
Kim had been in France for Paris Fashion Week with her sister Kourtney. She was alone in her Paris apartment when she heard the sound of footsteps in the wee hours of the morning. She believed it was her assistant or her sister, but after calling out and receiving no answer she became concerned.
Kardashian said, "There wasn't an answer, my heart started to get really tense," Kim said. "I knew something wasn't quite right." She saw two men dressed in police uniforms walk into her apartment. They handcuffed a man she recognized as her apartment's concierge. "He ended up being our interpreter because I couldn't understand them, they couldn't understand me," she revealed.
Kim tried to call her bodyguard on the phone, but the thieves grabbed the phone from her hands. The men asked for Kim's ring (in French), which she gave them. They dragged her to the hallway and she recalled trying to make a split second decision on what to do.
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Kardashian said, "I was looking at the gun, looking down back at the stairs. I have a split second in my mind to make this quick decision. Am I going to run down the stairs and either be shot in the back—it makes me so upset to think about it—but either they're going to shoot me in the back or if I make it and they don't, if the elevator doesn't open in time or the stairs are locked, then I'm [screwed]! There's no way out."
The robbers dragged her back into the apartment. Kim revealed she begged the concierge to translate a message to the robbers: "I have babies. Please, they can't understand me, but tell them I have babies at home," she said. "Please, I have a family. Let me live!"
One of the men duct-taped Kim's mouth and she believed they planned to sexually assault her. "And then, he grabs my legs and I wasn't, you know, I had no clothes on under. He pulled me toward him at the front of the bed and I thought, 'OK, this is the moment they're going to rape me,'" she said. "I fully, mentally prepped myself—and then he didn't."
The man then held the gun up to her head and she mentally prepared to die. "I just knew that was the moment. They're just totally going to shoot me in the head. I just prayed that Kourtney's going to have a normal life after she sees my dead body on the bed."
In January, sixteen suspects were detained in connection to the armed robbery, including Kardashian's driver.
Kardashian shared a series of tweets about the episode. She wrote, "Tonight's episode is going to be very tough for me. However, I thought it was important to share this story through my eyes and not in an interview where my own words could be twisted. I have always shared so much & I'm not going to hold back when this was probably one of the most life changing experiences for me."