At a private residence in Paris, Kim Kardashian West has been robbed at gunpoint in by assailants disguised as police who made off with millions of pounds worth of jewellery.
A spokeswoman for the reality TV star said she was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” after they tied her up in the flat’s bathroom before fleeing the scene.
A Paris police official told the Associated Press that five armed men, who were still at large, stole a jewellery box containing valuables worth €6m (£5.2m) as well as a ring worth €4m, and mobile telephones. Police said the robbers escaped on bicycles.
The 35-year-old had been in Paris since last week for fashion week and had attended the Balenciaga show earlier on Sunday.
The family has been uncharacteristically silent on social media since the report involving Kardashian West.
Her husband, Kanye West, had abruptly ended his performance at the Meadows music and arts festival at Citi Field in New York on Sunday night. He stopped midway through his performance of Heartless, citing a “family emergency”.
Kardashian West and her husband are frequent visitors to Paris. In May 2014 they celebrated their marriage with several hundred guests at the Château de Versailles.
France has experienced some spectacular jewellery heists in recent years. In the biggest, items worth €103m were stolen from the Carlton hotel in Cannes in July 2013 .
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, leader of the opposition Les Républicains party in city hall, said the capital’s Socialist administration was to blame for the Kardashian West attack.
“There’s a great urgency over crime in Paris. You can do all the publicity you want around ‘I love Paris’ … but it’s all been brutally overshadowed by the Kim Kardashian affair that is on a loop on the news,” Kosciusko-Morizet told Europe 1 radio .
Condemning the attack and vowing that the perpetrators would soon be traced, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, also hit back at those who were using the incident to “create controversy” for political ends.
“This very rare incident, which took place in a private space, does not in any way call into question the work of police officers and security officers of Paris’s public places,” she said.