Kim Kardashian is fighting back hard against claims that the Paris robbery was a staged event. The reality television star filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against a celebrity gossip website that reported she faked the robbery and filed a fraudulent insurance claim.
Reuters obtained a copy of the defamation lawsuit filed in federal court in New York against the celebrity gossip website MediaTakeOut.com and its founder, Fred Mwangaguhunga.
“After having been the victim of a horrific and traumatic armed robbery in France, Kim Kardashian returned to the United States only to again be victimized, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her a liar and thief,” the lawsuit states. “Defendants’ reckless and malicious publication of the Articles was calculated to cause maximum harm to Kardashian.”
According to the report, the complaint claims Mwangaguhunga ignored requests to issue a retraction and an apology before the lawsuit was filed.
Entertainment Tonight reports the lawsuit refers to one article published by the website that included the headline,”MTO Shock Exclusive: New Evidence Suggests… Kim Kardashian And Her Mother ‘STAGED’ The Robbery . . . Just Like RYAN LOCHTE!! (Here Are The FACTS).” According to the same report, another article suggested Kardashian filed an insurance claim for the stolen jewelry and “if she faked the robbery … she just committed a FEDERAL CRIME.”
The articles appear to have been removed from the website as of late Tuesday afternoon.
Both ET and Reuters says they reached out to MediaTakeOut.com but the website did not respond to requests for comment.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.