“Kim Kardashian West was held up at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room this evening, by two armed masked men dressed as police officers. She’s badly shaken but physically unharmed,” her representative Ina Treciokas said in a statement to Billboard.
The robbers took valuables worth several millions of dollars, largely jewelry, authorities told the BBC, noting, “The overall sum remains being evaluated.” The incident occurred around 3 a.m. local time in Paris at an unobtrusive luxury dwelling behind the Madeleine Church, where Kardashian stayyed at least once before, in 2014, before her marriage to West. Monday police were guarding the site.
Her sisters Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian are in Paris for fashion week. Before the event, Kim shared footage from a Givenchy fashion show. Kanye, who was headlining the Meadows festival, went onstage at 8:45 p.m. He was scheduled to perform until 10 p.m., but ended his set at 9:40, midway through the song “Heartless,” announcing: “I’m sorry, family crisis, I have to stop the show.”
The set was a make-up for his scheduled Governors Ball performance, which was canceled in expectation of a lightning storm that never arrived. The promoters of Governors Ball, Founders Entertainment, additionally are behind this Meadows Festival.
West hit the stage a little after 8:45 to a full fireworks display before breaking into “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1,” with the big screens on the sides of the stage dark. When he started into “Famous,” the screens abruptly came to life, with Yeezy, bathed in a reddish glow, rapping the lyrics determinedly while wearing a Tupac shirt. Then he returned to the stage for some of his old hits, including “Can Not Tell Me Nothing” and “Power.”
An emotional “Blood on the Leaves,” “New Slaves,” “Jesus Walks” and “Flashing Lights” followed and had fans singing along. “Wolves” was the last full tune he got through, before briefly beginning “Heartless” and leaving the stage.
Founders Entertainment released a statement about the episode: “Due to a family crisis, Kanye West was compelled to stop his performance towards the end of his set. We value the great show he put on for fans to close out the inaugural Meadows Festival. Our thoughts are with West and his family.”