Kim Kardashian West’s Paris chauffeur is one of 17 people detained in connection with the armed robbery of the reality star last year, officials said.
The suspects were picked up by French police on Monday for questioning over the theft at gunpoint of jewels and cash worth $10 million from Kardashian West in her Paris hotel room in October.
According to a prosecutor, those held are between the ages of 23 and 73 and can be held for up to 96 hours for questioning.
Jean Veil, Kardashian West’s French lawyer, described the detentions as “a nice surprise,” according to France’s L’Express magazine.
“On the one hand, it will perhaps mean the jewels will be recovered and on the other hand it puts an end to disgraceful speculation by some people, who thought it clever to pretend this robbery was a set-up or a publicity stunt by Madame Kardashian.”
Gun held to Kardashian’s head
In the aftermath of the attack, the French Interior Ministry revealed five men threatened the concierge at the mansion with a weapon, handcuffed him and forced him to open the private apartment.
Two of the men were able to gain entry to Kardashian West’s room, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office, and a gun was held to her head.
The men took two cell phones and jewelry worth millions of dollars, according to the Interior Ministry. But only one of the phones belonged to Kardashian West, the source told CNN.
The prosecutor’s office said a ring worth an estimated 4 million euros ($4.5 million) and a jewelry box with contents worth about 5 million euros ($5.6 million) were stolen.
Kardashian’s former bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, was with Kardashian West’s sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner at a nightclub when the attack happened. He has said publicly he thought the robbery was an inside job.