Ex-Kardashian Bodyguard Faces Suit Over Paris Robbery

(CN) – The insurer that paid out more than $6.1 million to Kim Kardashian West for a 2016 robbery brought negligence claims Wednesday against the reality star’s former bodyguard.

The Hotel de Pourtales is located at 7 rue Tronchet, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. Reality star Kim Kardashian West was robbed by masked assailants at the townhouse on Oct. 3, 2016. (Image via Wikipedia)

Represented by the law firm Casarino Christman, AIG Property Casualty Co. brought the suit in Delaware Superior Court two years to the day that Kardashian West was tied up and robbed at the Hotel de Portales in Paris.

The complaint says Kardashian West was in Paris for Fashion Week, and that her robbery was facilitated by the failure of bodyguard Pascal Duvier to address glaring security breaches.

Among other problems, the front gate to the hotel’s courtyard had no lock, the hotel concierge had no training in security, and the hotel also was not equipped with closed circuit television.

AIG notes that the intercom to the door separating the courtyard and the concierge’s desk was not functioning either, but that Buvier ignored these red flags and opted to leave Kardashian West alone at the hotel on Oct. 3, 2016, without any security detail.

AIG says the concierge did nothing as masked men entered through the unlocked front gate at 2:30 a.m., moved past the concierge and entered Kardashian West’s hotel room, where they restrained the celebrity and made off with her one-of-a-kind jewelry and other property.

Casarino Christman attorney Colin Shank has not returned a request seeking comment, nor has Duvier’s bodyguard service.

Reality star Kim Kardashian attends the Cannes Lions 2015 International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France, on June 24, 2015. As of 2017, Paris police said 16 people have been arrested over Kardashian’s 2016 jewelry heist in Paris. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

AIG ultimately paid out more than $6.1 million on Kardashian West’s insurance claim, and it wants that amount refunded by Duvier, alleging negligence and breach of contract.

In addition to suing the Los Angeles-based bodyguard personally, the complaint takes aim at his business, ProtectSecurity Inc., which does business as Port Wilmington Maritime Society. The company has a principal place of business in Wilmington, according to the complaint.

Back in 2016, Kardashian West sued an online media outlet for libel after it published articles insinuating she staged the Paris robbery to bilk her insurance carrier for millions of dollars.

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