Kim Kardashian‘s social media posts gave armed robbers all the information they needed to carry out an £8.5million jewellery heist, one of them has admitted.
Details of the 39-year-old American’s slip-ups have emerged in legal papers filed in Paris, where the reality TV star was attacked at gunpoint after travelling to the French capital for Paris Fashion Week in 2016.
Aomar Ait Khedache, the alleged mastermind, said Kardashian was an ‘easy target’ because she kept divulging details about her possessions and their whereabouts.
This included the 20-carat, £3.5million engagement ring that she had received from her husband, rapper Kanye West.
Kim Kardashian (pictured) made social media posts which gave robbers all the information they needed to rob her, one of her attackers has admitted
The robbery took place in October 2016 at Kardashian’s luxury Hotel de Pourtales apartment (pictured) after she went to the French capital for Paris Fashion Week
Referring to Kardashian solely as ‘the rapper’s wife’, 64-year-old Ait Khedache said the October 2016 job was an ‘internet giveaway’ thanks to her non-stop postings on sites such as Instagram.
‘The jewels were shown on the internet, explaining that she did not wear fake jewels,’ Ait Khedache is reported as saying in prosecuting papers leaked to Les Echos newspaper in the French capital.
Ait Khedache said ‘the timing of her arrival in France’ was posted, and that ‘you just needed to look at the internet to know everything.’
The career criminal, who has served time for previous robberies, is still awaiting trial for the raid, along with 10 other presumed gang members.
Nicknamed ‘Omar the Elder’, Ait Khedache has confessed to his involvement in the Kardashian job but denies prosecution claims that he was the ring-leader.
The gang posed as police officers before threatening the concierge of a short-term luxury apartment rental building close to the British Embassy in Paris known as the Hotel de Pourtalès.
Kardashian had been left alone in the suite while her bodyguard went to a nightclub on the Champs-Elysées with her sisters, Kourtney and Kendall Jenner.
Kardashian was tied up and put in the hotel bathroom as the robbers selected pieces of her diamond jewellery.
Personal treasures taken included two Cartier diamond bracelets, a Jacob necklace in gold inlaid with diamonds, earrings with diamonds and a necklace by Loraine Schwarz.
While Kardashian was not seriously hurt, she was said to be ‘badly shaken’ and later said she had developed a ‘phobia’ of going out after the robbery.
French police stand guard outside the hotel in the Rue Tronchet in central Paris where Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint
Colour close-ups of the gang caught on CCTV later emerged – including one of Ait Khedache wheeling a getaway hire bike away.
His DNA was found on plastic cuffs used to tie the victims including Kardashian up, and it was cross-referenced with samples linked to his earlier crimes.
After being identified, police studied CCTV footage in which Khedache was seen getting out of a car near St Lazare station on the night of the Kardashian job.
It was just around the corner from the crime scene, and the driver was his then 29-year-old son, Harminy Ait Khedache.
Khedache junior, now 33, has now been charged with being the getaway driver of the gang.
Ait Khedache has told police the gang melted down and sold off most of the stolen jewellery, but managed to sell Kardashian’s engagement ring, which has never been recovered.
Kardashian briefly fell silent on social media after the heist, and stopped posting in real time.