Kim Kardashian tried and failed to put up a fight when a group of assailants broke into her Paris apartment earlier this month.
It wasn’t her fault, of course, the reality star was bound and gagged.
But Kardashian is now intent on putting up a winning battle against a website that has dared to claim she was NOT actually robbed in France.
The former sex tape actress has filed a lawsuit against mediatakeout.com and its owner Fred Mwangaguhunga for libel.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of that website alleging that Kim made up her robbery story out of thin air.
Wrote lawyer Andrew Brettler in a complaint filed Tuesday in New York federal court:
“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 victimized, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her a liar and thief.”
According to French officials, Kardashian was robbed of approximately $11 million in jewelry in the very early morning of October 3.
However, an articles on Media Take Out reads that kim “faked the robbery, lied about the violent assault, and then filed a fraudulent claim with her insurance company to bilk her carrier out of millions of dollars,” Brettler writes.
This rumor is gaining momentum.
Just today, in fact, Radar Online posted a video that claimed to somewhat expose Kardashian as a liar.
What was the proof that site and its affiliated footage offered up?
The video was allegedly filmed inside of Kim’s apartment, “immediately” after the robbery occurred Radar wrote.
And yet… Kim was sitting calmly on the sofa; there were no signs of forced entry; and everything remained neat and intact, from the furniture to the mirrors on the wall.
We’re not sure if we’d call that “evidence.”
But anyway. Other reports have also claimed that Kanye West actually faked this robbery in order to collect on the insurance of the supposedly stolen jewelry.
(The rapper Tweeted in February that he was $53 million in debt.)
We’ve simply reported on both these stories, but we’ve also made it pretty clear that we don’t believe them.
Not even Kim Kardashian would pretend to have been robbed at gunpoint in such a violent and disturbing manner.
“Kardashian was assaulted and robbed by two masked men, who placed a gun to her head, duct-taped her hands, legs and mouth, and then left her lying helplessly on the bathroom floor of her rented apartment while the thieves absconded with millions of dollars in jewelry,” Brettler writes in the legal documents.
“As if that ordeal were not awful enough, Defendants made it worse by publishing on the Website, only hours after the assault, that Kardashian faked the robbery and then committed insurance fraud by filing a claim with her carrier.”
It is typically difficult for a celebrity to win any kind of libel lawsuit.
This is because the star must prove that not only did a publication print something false about him or her… but that the publication did it knowingly.
There must be “actual malice” at the center of the rumor, that’s the legal term.
Brettler says the aforementioned website failed to identify or cite any credible sources and, therefore, the publication of the articles were designed to cause as much harm as possible.
DO YOU THINK KIM KARDASHIAN FAKED THIS ARMED ROBBERY?
Kardashian is seeking general, special, punitive and exemplary damages.
The website has not yet responded to the lawsuit.