She had been in Paris for Fashion Week, and as late as 2:30am CET Monday morning (8:30pm ET Sunday night), she had been Facetiming her brother Rob and his fiancée Blac Chyna at their baby shower in a Snapchat video.
Around 3am CET, at least two men wearing ski masks and dressed as police officers entered Kardashian’s room after reportedly forcing a security guard to let them into the room. The gunmen bound her hands and feet and left her in the bathroom. They stole a jewelry box from her room that contained $6.7 million in jewelry, a $4 million ring, her purse, two cell phones, and €1,000 (around $1,123.15) in cash. Her children, North and Saint, may have been at home at the time.
A spokesperson for Kardashian confirmed reports.
“Kim Kardashian West was held up at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room this evening, by two armed masked men dressed as police officers. She is badly shaken but physically unharmed,” the statement read. Police are reportedly searching for five assailants.
Kanye West, who was performing at Meadows Fest in Queens Sunday night, abruptly left the stage about 20 minutes before the end of his set time after telling the crowd, “I’m sorry, family emergency. I have to stop the show.”
Due to an emergency, Kanye West had to end his performance early. Please get home safely.
— The Meadows NYC (@themeadowsnyc) October 3, 2016
People who learned of the news online expressed shock to Kardashian, but others made jokes at her expense, leading James Corden to call them out for their lack of empathy. Some pointed out that Kardashian was a wife, a mother, and a sister as reason to be sympathetic—though others argued that we shouldn’t need to view someone as a wife, mother, or sister to feel for them.
People making jokes about @KimKardashian tonight would do well to remember that she's a mother,a daughter,a wife,a friend.Be nice or shut up
— James Corden (@JKCorden) October 3, 2016
Quick note: Kim Kardashian is a person outside of being a wife/sister/mother and that should be enough reason to care.
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) October 3, 2016
Please do not think that I think celebrities are special snowflakes. I just miss empathy, in general, for everyone.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
Shortly after giving her statement to police, Kardashian flew out of Paris in a private jet. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told Kardashian that she would always be welcome in Paris and that she has “full confidence” in the police.
Je condamne l’agression subie cette nuit par @KimKardashian à Paris et je tiens à lui dire qu’elle sera toujours la bienvenue à Paris.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) October 3, 2016