‘This lady doesn’t care at all’

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One of the men who robbed Kim Kardashian in 2016 says he does not feel guilty about the crime. (Image: REUTERS/Tom Brenner)

One of the men arrested for robbing Kim Kardashian in 2016 says in a new interview that the reality star “should be a little less showy”.

On October 2, 2016, five people dressed as police officers raided the Paris home where Kardashian was staying for Paris Fashion Week. Kardashian was held at gunpoint and tied up and gagged before being left in the bathtub, where she reportedly screamed for help when the robbers made off with her $10 million worth of jewelry.

Speaking to Vice News for a robbery program targeting influencers, Yunis Abbas – one of the suspects, dubbed “grandpa robbers” because of his advanced age, arrested by French police for being involved in the barber shop – says he doesn’t feel guilty about stealing from Kardashian. Instead, he blames her for showing off her wealth.

“Since she was throwing money away, I was there to pick it up, and that was that,” 60-year-old Abbas, who spent 22 months in prison for the robbery but was released due to health issues, told Vice .

“They should be a little less flashy towards people who can’t afford it,” Abbas added of celebrities like the Kardashians. “For some people, it’s provocative.”

According to Abbas, who wrote the memoirs I kidnapped Kim Kardashiansocial media helped the robbers keep an eye on Kardashian’s jewelry, including the $4 million, 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring she had received from Kanye West.

“I went on the internet and it’s true, I saw her jewelry, I saw her ring, I saw her showing it everywhere, and we knew this information through social media,” said Abbas, who also wrote an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians in which the TV personality lost a diamond in the water.

He remembered thinking, “She has a lot of money. This lady doesn’t care at all.”

Abbas told Vice he waited downstairs while his co-conspirators robbed Kardashian in her suite. He noted that the group had had two moments of happiness.

“Madame Kardashian’s secretary called for help. But she called 911 in the United States, which scared us, causing them to lose a lot of time,” he claimed. “And when we got out, there was a bunch of police outside who didn’t know anything about the robbery,” he said.

Kardashian has been candid about the effect the heist has had on her mental health, on a 2017 episode of her since-cancelled E! reality show.

“You won’t come out unscathed,” Abbas admitted to Vice. “Of course she must have been traumatized.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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