Kim Kardashian Named In Federal Complaint Over Alleged Smuggled Roman Statue
U.S. attorneys filed a complaint in the Central District of California on Friday against One Antique Roman Statue and the -Keeping Up with the Kardashians- star, Kim Kardashian is listed as an individual included in the Noel Roberts Trust who “may be adversely affected” by the filing.
Fox News reported that “U.S. attorneys filed a complaint in the Central District of California on Friday against One Antique Roman Statue,” and Kardashian is “listed as an individual included in the Noel Roberts Trust who ‘may be adversely affected by the filing.”
“According to the complaint obtained by Fox News, the One Antique Roman Statue was seized back in June 2016 by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Los Angeles. The statue is currently in the custody of CBP. Kardashian, 40, was listed as ‘the consignee and importer name.’”
Included in the shipment were 40 pieces of antique objects estimated with a value of $745,882, documents state. Masterpiece International was listed as the broker of the statue. But according to the Daily Beast, Masterpiece International “originally claimed that the statue was acquired at the Galerie Chenel in Paris in 2012 by renowned art dealer Axel Vervoordt,” the same art dealer and interior designer “who worked on Kardashian and West’s Los Angeles estate.”
According to their report, the defendant in the case is the statue, and not Kardashian herself. The Roman sculpture is in CBP custody, and is “identified by the government as ‘Fragment of Myron’s Samian Athena, Limestone, Roman, 1st — 2nd century A.D.’”
Denying Kardashian’s involvement or impropriety, representatives for the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star said, “We believe it may have been purchased using her name without authorization and because it was never received, she was unaware of the transaction.”
“We encourage an investigation and hope that it gets returned to the rightful owners,” they added.