Robber pulled gun on me: Kardashian – ‘Things have to change’

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PARIS, Jan 16, (AFP): A French newspaper Sunday published Kim Kardashian’s testimony to police of how a robber threatened her at gunpoint when she refused to hand over a ring worth millions of dollars.

In the account of the Paris robbery she described how she was bound and gagged and said one of the gang was wearing a jacket emblazoned with police insignia.

The Journal du Dimanche said it had exclusive access to the handwritten report based on Kardashian’s account, in which she said that the robbers seemed “inexperienced”.

The newspaper also said it had a transcript of a brief interview given to police after the masked men burst into Kardashian’s luxury residence in October, taking jewellery worth nine million euros ($9.5 million).

Police last week made arrests in Paris and the south of France and 10 suspects have been charged, including the alleged ringleaders.

Investigators say the gang’s key members were Aomar Ait Khedache and Didier Dubreucq, men in their 60s with long criminal pasts nicknamed “Old Omar” and “Blue Eyes”.

In the Journal du Dimanche report, for which the newspaper did not provide English quotes, Kardashian, 36, said she heard noises at the door after returning from dinner after midnight.


Her bodyguard was absent, guarding her sister Kourtney at a nightclub.

“I saw through the sliding door two people coming,” Kardashian said in comments translated from the newspaper’s French account, adding that one of the men was wearing “a jacket with ‘police’ written on it”.

“He asked me with a strong French accent where my ring was. It was on the bedside table. (But) I replied that I didn’t know and then he pulled out a gun and I showed him the ring,” she told police, adding it was worth four million dollars.

Kardashian told police the men tied her up with plastic cables and adhesive tape “and they carried me to my bathroom” where they placed her in the bathtub.

The gang also took a box containing jewellery including two Cartier diamond bracelets, a diamond-studded necklace, a yellow gold Rolex watch and a diamond-encrusted cross.

Reese Witherspoon, fed up with Hollywood gender bias, is calling for an end to the practice of handing excellent actresses only “thankless roles.”

“I’ve just had enough. Things have to change,” Witherspoon said Saturday during a press event in Pasadena, California.

“We have to start seeing women as they really are on film. We have to. And not just in movie theaters on a tiny budget.”

The new HBO series “Big Little Lies”, in which she stars alongside Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern, is directed by Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee.

“We need to see real women’s experience, whether it involves domestic violence, whether it involves sexual assault, whether it involves motherhood or romance or infidelity or divorce,” said Witherspoon, 40.

Hollywood is regularly faulted for failing to give substantial roles to women, especially those older than 35.

In a 2016 report, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) warned that women’s place in the American film industry was slipping.

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