One man involved in the robbery speaks out. For more than ten years, Kim Kardashian has consistently made headlines. While many of the stories concern relatively unimportant topics, such as Kim’s bizarrely popular swim gloves or the bikini posts that followed her breakup with Pete Davidson, things took a turn for the worse in 2016 when Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris.
The celebrity was reportedly handcuffed in a bathtub as thieves stole over $10 million in valuables. Twelve people were ultimately detained in connection with the incident, and one of them has since come forward to discuss how he was apprehended and whether he feels bad about the emotional distress he caused Kardashian.
Before Kim Kardashian’s 2016 trip to Paris Fashion Week, Yunis Abbas spoke with VICE news about using social media to learn more about her location and the pricey jewelry she was carrying. He detailed how they tied up the concierge before going up to her hotel room, where she was alone while her sisters Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian (as well as Kim’s bodyguard) partied at a nearby club. He claimed that they were able to flee when Kardashian’s assistant called 911 as opposed to emergency number 112 in Europe. So how did he get caught? He explained:
“Because I left my DNA when I overpowered the guard. So I took his hands, tied him up, and by doing so, I left my DNA. As I already had a record, it was very easy to trace me.”
Yunis Abbas and 11 other persons were detained in connection with the crime, and he was released from prison after serving 22 months due to his poor health. Abbas attempted to capitalize on the situation further by publishing a memoir about the crime called I Kidnapped Kim Kardashian. While acknowledging that the reality star was surely traumatized by the group’s actions, he doesn’t have any regrets about what he did, saying:
“Since [Kim Kardashian] was throwing money away, I was there to collect it, and that was that. Guilty? No, I don’t care. I don’t care.”
As per Cinemablend, the aftermath of the tragic incident was documented on the famous family’s longtime E! show Keeping up with the Kardashians, and Kim Kardashian said that she was definitely changed by the events of October 3, 2016. She said the robbery made her more aware of what information she shared on social media and the items she brought with her when she traveled.
The family hasn’t taken security lightly since then, for sure. The founder of SKIMS was compelled to file a restraining order in May against an infatuated individual who had written Kim Kardashian more than two dozen letters including violent threats, and sexual comments, and repeatedly talked about killing her then-boyfriend Pete Davidson.
The Kardashians have been in the spotlight for more than two decades, and the 2016 robbery demonstrated that there are those who will exploit that vulnerability given how much of their lives are shown on television.
The Kardashians, which is available with a Hulu membership, allows us to continue to watch what’s happening in the family’s affluent lives. It’s possible that everyone in the family has discovered safer ways to keep their followers in the know. On September 22, Season 2 will begin. To keep track of the premiere dates for your other favorite shows, view our 2022 TV Schedule.