Kim Kardashian West was reportedly the victim of an armed robbery overnight in Paris. Thieves dressed as police officers broke into her hotel room, tied her up in her bathtub, and held her at gunpoint while they pilfered more than $10 million worth of jewelry, including her $4 million engagement ring.
But while French authorities are taking the robbery claims very seriously, the Internet — never the voice of reason in such situations — is convinced Kim Kardashian may have faked the violent incident for publicity.
Kim Kardashian got "robbed" of millions in Jewels.
I don't buy it. Likely an insurance scam. everything about her is fake, even this.
— Russell Barth (@russellbarth) October 3, 2016
What are the chances this Kim Kardashian robbery is fake? Under or over 85%?
— Karlo Zovko (@Kzovko) October 3, 2016
I'm really hoping this Kim Kardashian robbery is a fake story so she looks like a fool for lying. And if it's true, shit happens lol
— Sam Flemington (@mtjstahl7) October 3, 2016
This Kim Kardashian story is so fake.
— B2B KING! (@SoleFaReal23) October 3, 2016
this Kim kardashian story seems fake idk sorry I'm not making fun of her and if that did happen I'm sorry but it's too fake sounding
— shelbs (@schiggityy) October 3, 2016
An insurance payoff the solution to her Kanye's cash-flow issues? Kim Kardashian robbed in Paris https://t.co/Tm3aVTPDXZ
— Matthew Childs (@Matthew_Childs) October 3, 2016
One internet news site even laid out a complete case for the story being “bullshit,” noting that you can’t lock bathrooms from the outside, that Kim’s bodyguard was absent from the multi-room suite at the time, that the robbery happened at a “no address hotel,” and that Kim Kardashian, who is always on social media, failed to record or communicate any aspect of the heist.
How do 5 fake police officers get up to her room, tie her up& rob 5M of jewelry w/out ANY of her body guards stepping in… #KimKardashian
— Mallory McPherson (@malaboox0) October 3, 2016
A few even compared Kim’s dramatic plight to that of US swimmer Ryan Lochte, who claimed he’d also been robbed at gunpoint while at the Rio Olympics.
Kim Kardashian probably just showing Ryan Lochte how to fake get robbed in another country
— Oral Redenbacher (@ayo80proof) October 3, 2016
Fortunately for Kim, she has ardent social media defenders, who faced off against conspiracy theorists with a very convincing point: that Kim Kardashian, who has showed up at two Paris Fashion Week events missing key undergarments, doesn’t need to be a crime victim to make headlines.
Kim Kardashian doesn't need to fake a robbery for attention. She's Kim Kardashian. pic.twitter.com/o2jpx0WRsf
— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) October 3, 2016
Celebrities were also quick to come to Kim’s aid.
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
Fame is interesting. Celebs are supposed to love you guys while also knowing you'd make a meme of our dead bodies to get retweets
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) October 3, 2016
This, of course, isn’t the first time a member of the Kardashian clan has been a victim of a major heist. In 2014, Kim’s sisters Khloe and Kourtney were both robbed by a bi-coastal burglary ring.