Yunis Abbas is one of 12 elderly men arrested for the burglary, in which Kardashian was bound at gunpoint while the band of thieves now known as the ‘grandpa robbers’ plundered $10 million worth of jewelry from her luxurious hotel suite.
In a new interview with VICE News, Abbas confirmed that he developed the idea for the robbery after seeing Kardashian repeatedly flaunt her jewelry on social media.
‘Since she was throwing money away, I was there to collect it, and that was that. Guilty? No, I don’t care,’ he said with a chuckle. ‘I don’t care.’
He also divulged details of the robbery itself, alleging that Kardashian’s ‘secretary’ attempted to call for assistance – but dialed 911 despite being in France.
‘I don’t care’: Yunis Abbas, one of the perpetrators of Kim Kardashian’s 2016 Paris robbery has spoken out, declaring he feels no guilt over the crime
Before: Kim was bound at gunpoint and robbed of $10 million worth of jewelry in October 2016 while attending Paris Fashion Week, where she is pictured at the Balenciaga show
When asked about celebrities posting about their valuables on the internet, Abbas defiantly argued: ‘They should be a little less showy towards people who can’t afford it. For some people, it’s provocative.’
Kardashian reportedly experienced flashbacks after the robbery, during which she feared she might be raped or murdered.
Abbas acknowledged: ‘You don’t come out of it unscathed. We didn’t expect this. Of course she must have been traumatized.’
When the crime was committed in October 2016, all the men were in their 60s or 70s, prompting the French media to dub them the ‘grandpa robbers.’
Dazzling: One of the pieces Abbas and his gang took was the $4 million 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring Kardashian was given by Kanye West
‘Provocative’: When asked about celebrities posting about their valuables on the internet, Abbas defiantly argued: ‘They should be a little less showy towards people who can’t afford it’
One of the pieces Abbas and his gang took was the $4 million 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring Kardashian was given by Kanye West.
‘I went on the internet, and it’s true, I saw her jewelry, I saw her ring, I saw that she showed it everywhere, and we knew this information through social media,’ Abbas said while explaining the crime to VICE News.
Back then he was less aware of her than of her husband ‘but I saw one of her shows where she threw her diamond in the pool in that episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I thought: “She’s got a lot of money. This lady doesn’t care at all.”‘
Abbas may have been referring to a notorious episode in which Kardashian lost a $75,000 diamond earring in the ocean in Bora Bora.
Defiant: ‘Since she was throwing money away, I was there to collect it, and that was that. Guilty? No, I don’t care,’ he said with a chuckle
Whoops: Abbas told VICE that his arrest stemmed from the fact that he left some of his DNA on the concierge while tying him up
She worked herself up into hysterics over the earring, exasperating her elder sister Kourtney Kardashian, who drawled: ‘Kim, there’s people that are dying.’
The ‘grandpa robbers’ discovered online that Kim Kardashian was headed to Paris Fashion Week in October 2016 ‘so we went there to do some reconnaissance.’
They successfully traced her to the Hotel De Pourtales in the 8th arrondissement, and according to Abbas they ‘were there from midnight’ the night of the crime.
Kardashian’s sisters had left the hotel that evening with their bodyguard Pascal Duvier in tow, leaving her alone and vulnerable in her suite.
Alone: The robbers successfully traced her to the Hotel De Pourtales in the 8th arrondissement, where reporters are pictured after the crime
‘We got in through the little door that was open on the inside,’ Abbas said. ‘As soon as we got in, we took control of the concierge. We overpowered him. We tied him up. But then we looked for the keys of the bedroom she stayed in.’
He explained: ‘I stayed downstairs, but my two colleagues went upstairs with the concierge to go to Madame Kardashian’s room.’
The men who breached her suite then tied her up, gagged her and threw her in the bathtub as she reportedly pleaded for her life.
When Abbas’ ‘colleagues’ returned downstairs, he said: ‘Madame Kardashian’s secretary called for help. But she called 911 in the United States, which scared us, which made them lose a lot of time. And when we got out, there was a bunch of police outside who didn’t know anything about the robbery.’
Vulnerable: Kardashian’s sisters had left the hotel the evening of the robbery with their bodyguard Pascal Duvier in tow; Kardashian and Duvier are pictured just one day before
While making his getaway by bicycle, Abbas dropped a 30,000€ diamond-encrusted cross, and France 24 reports that hours later it was discovered by a passerby.
However Abbas told VICE that his arrest stemmed from the fact that he left some of his DNA on the concierge while tying him up, allowing the police to track him down, a task made easier by the fact he ‘already had a record.’
Abbas then spent 22 months in prison but was granted a release on health grounds and has since published a memoir of the robbery.
Aomar Ait Khedache, one of the men arrested for the heist, told French police the engagement ring was the only surviving piece of Kardashian’s stolen jewelry.
Hand in hand: Kardashian is pictured with her elder sister Kourtney Kardashian (right) in Paris just one day before the robbery took place
In early 2017, Le Monde obtained a transcript of Khedache’s police interview, where he explained that his gang melted down and sold off the rest of the spoils.
‘For the jewelry never to be recognized, we made a common decision to melt it,’ he said, claiming their loot was taken to the diamond trade hub of Antwerp.
Kardashian later told David Letterman the experience left her so ‘paranoid’ for a year that she would have ‘half a dozen’ guards constantly posted at her Calabasas home.
Last year, five years after the robbery, she revealed she was still so scarred by the incident that she no longer keeps any jewelry at home, even in a safe.
Trauma: Kardashian later told David Letterman the experience left her so ‘paranoid’ for a year that she would have ‘half a dozen’ guards constantly posted at her Calabasas home
‘I can’t sleep if I have jewelry in my safe, or money, or anything at my house. I just don’t live my life like that,’ she said in a Keeping Up With The Kardashians special.
She insisted ‘no expensive items ever come’ to her home and ‘As far as jewelry, if I’m wearing something, it’s borrowed. It’s fake.’
Kardashian claimed she has become a ‘completely different person’ after the robbery ‘in the best way’ by dialing back her materialism.
Prior to the ordeal she ‘had to have the coolest car, the best rims, the best outfit and I thought that I was the s**t because of that. I thought that made me,’ she said.
Terrified: Last year, five years after the robbery, Kim revealed she was still so scarred by the incident that she no longer keeps any jewelry at home, even in a safe
‘The things I valued before that happened were genuinely completely different than what I value now,’ said the reality star, who is now a mother of four. ‘It’s fun to get dressed up and all this, but like, things don’t make me.’
Last November the 12 ‘grandpa robbers’ were indicted on various charges in connection with the Paris jewel heist that sent shockwaves around the world.
French law shields Kardashian from having to be cross-examined, meaning she will not have to face her accused assailants in court.