A thief who robbed Kim Kardashian in 2016 said he didn’t feel guilty about the heist.
“Since she was throwing money away, I was there to get it back,” he said in an interview with Vice News.
Kardashian said she feared for her life after she was robbed at gunpoint from a Paris hotel room.
One of the thieves involved in the robbery of Kim Kardashian’s Paris hotel room in 2016 has said he felt no guilt over the incident which left the reality TV star traumatized.
In 2016, masked thieves broke into Kardashian’s room at Hotel de Pourtalès during Paris Fashion Week, where they tied her up and taped her mouth and eyes as they robbed nearly 11 million dollars worth of her jewelry at gunpoint.
The reality star opened up about the harrowing experience in a 2020 interview with David Letterman, describing the incident as “seven or eight minutes of torture” as she feared being raped or killed.
In an interview with Vice News published Saturday, Yunis Abbas, one of 12 men arrested and charged in connection with the 2016 robbery, said that while he had “no doubt” Kardashian would be traumatized during the incident, he did not feel guilty for the robbery.
“They should be a little less showy towards people who can’t afford it,” he said. “For some people, it’s provocative.”
Abbas told Vice News that before the heist, he didn’t know much about Kardashian but did know her then-husband, Kanye West. He said he further vetted the reality TV star online to determine how rich she was and what valuable assets she owned.
“I saw one of her shows where she threw her diamond in the pool, on that episode of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,'” he said. “I was like, ‘She’s got a lot of money. This lady doesn’t really care.'”
He added: “Since she was throwing money away, I was there to get it back and that was it. Guilty? No, I don’t care. I don’t care.”
He described how he and the other men involved in the robbery planned the heist, saying they entered the hotel through an open door in the side of the building and “took control of the concierge”.
“We overpowered him, we tied him up,” Abbas said. “Then we looked for the keys to the room she lived in.”
“I stayed down,” he added. “But two of my co-workers went upstairs with the janitor to go to Mrs. Kardashian’s room and then they got the jewelry. [and] went down.”
Abbas told Vice that they were able to escape after Kardashian’s assistant at the time called the hotline for the United States instead of France.
Since the incident, Kardashian said she has changed her social media habits, no longer posting photos in real time to protect her privacy.
“I could take a picture, save it, post it when I leave the place or when I’m in a different place, because I don’t think it worked so well for me when I was posting any detail,” Kardashian said in a 2017 interview on “The View.” “I learned from the experience.”
She told Letterman in 2020 that she was afraid to sleep after the robbery “unless there were half a dozen security guards at my house.”
Kardashian also said the traumatic experience made her less materialistic.
“I don’t care about that stuff anymore,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2017. “I really don’t care.”
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