Digital Music News reports that rumors abound that Kardashian and Kanye West may have pulled a publicity stunt after claims made by witnesses seemed to contradict each other.
Kardashian representatives, for example, have given inconsistent details about what happened: one said two criminals dressed as officers broke into the hotel, while another said five.
“So which is it?” asks writer Paul Reskinoff, adding that it’s suspicious Kardashian was even left alone without security after being harassed just a few days earlier. “If it was five, were there really five guys dressed up like Paris cops? That would draw a serious scene, and witness reports.”
What’s more, TMZ reports there was no surveillance cameras to capture the scene.
In addition some find it hard to believe that such an assault could have happened in such a wealthy hotel in Paris – a city with tightened security after various terrorists attacks this past year.
The fact the Paris police department never released a statement adds further suspicion.
Only the French Interior Ministry has released a single statement, but even that, Reskinoff argues, echoed words previously spoken by a Kardashian representative.
Then there’s the fact that the incident occurred at a time when it would be advantageous for both to receive the attention.
“It’s been non-stop Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, not to mention Trump vs. Clinton,” Reskinoff writes. “There are even rumors that ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ is getting canceled. They need the publicity, badly. You probably didn’t even know Kardashian was in Paris. Or even that Kanye West was still touring… Until now.”
“We appreciate the great show he put on for fans to close out the inaugural Meadows Festival,” reads a statement from the festival afterwards. “Our thoughts are with West and his family.”
Reskinoff says the timing is suspicious: West happened to leave several songs into the concert, meaning no refunds needed to be issued.
“That critical difference means millions of dollars, and no ‘make up’ show,” he said.