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Kim Kardashian West files lawsuit against gossip news site over claim she 'faked' Paris robbery

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By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

October 12, 2016 | 4 min read

Kim Kardashian West is to sue gossip site Mediatakeout.com after it published a story alleging that she faked being the victim of gun-point robbery in Paris last week.

The reality TV star and model is taking legal action against the tabloid on the grounds of defamation, seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit which names both the title and its owner Fred Mwangaguhunga.

Kim Kardashian to sue website over 'fake robbery' allegations

Kim Kardashian West files lawsuit against gossip news site over claim she 'faked' Paris robbery

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians lead was robbed while she was in Paris for fashion week on 3 October by five men who broke into her apartment after posing as police officers. The thieves are believed to have tied the celebrity up and locked her in the bathroom before stealing jewellery worth about $10m, including her engagement ring from husband Kanye West and two mobile phones. The incident has sparked a large police investigation in the city.

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The libel claim relates to a series of articles which Kardashian West said lacked factual support, and referred to her as a liar and thief, alleging she staged a robbery, lied about a violent assault and filed a fraudulent insurance claim.

The lawsuit, which was filed in New York, read: “After having been the victim of a horrific and traumatic armed robbery in France, Kim Kardashian returned to the United States only to again be victimised, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her [as] a liar and thief."

"Defendants’ malicious publication of the articles, which paint the victim of a serious crime as a criminal herself, is libellous per se," it added. The media outlet has yet to comment on the case.

Kardashian has stepped out of the media spotlight since the incident in the French capital with her family calling the experience "incredibly traumatic," celebrity financial advisors have estimated that her online hiatus could cost her "at least $1m a month," given how much she is paid by brands to endorse things on Instagram and Twitter.

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