Weeks after Kim Kardashian’s robbery in Paris, the concierge who was witnessed the heist is breaking his silence.
Due to safety concerns, the concierge, who was also the security guard, is not giving out his full name and only wants to be called Abdulrahman.
In an interview with Dailymail.com, he opened up about the heist and the lack of security at "No-Name Hotel,” which made it very easy for the robbers to gain access to Kim Kardashian’s room.
He pointed out, "There was no real security at all. It’s a choice. The hotel doesn’t mind about security. We told them years and years before, you have to make a camera, you have to put [in place] a security process, about keys. Nothing was locked, there was no proper security there."
The security was so lax that the security code to enter the hotel has remained the same for years and had not been changed, even two weeks after the robbery. Abdulrahman voiced his concerns over security for years, emphasizing, "I told the hotel years ago, you need better security and they didn’t mind. If you look at that big door, it wasn’t locked, it was open. We talked about it and nobody cared. The code of the door was never changed and everybody knew it. There is a camera in the main wall of the hotel, behind the big red [front] doors, but it didn’t work for years.”
Abdulrahman recalled the night of the robbery, saying, "I saw police [uniforms], the hats, also the police jackets, with reflective badges, like the police have. I told them to open it because it was open, and he asked with gestures, he made me come to open the door. So I came to open it and just when I opened it, he grabbed me and handcuffed me. Two of the gang were wearing balaclavas and the third had a high collar pulled up to his eyes.”
“In the first seconds, I thought they were policemen making an intervention. I told them, I’m working here, what is wrong? After that he questioned me, where is the security video? At that time, I said sh*t, it’s a robbery,” he added. "At first I looked at them and one got very angry. He asked me to put my head down and never look at him again. He repeated, never, never look at me, or I will kill you. I saw that two of them had guns, then I just looked down."
Abdulrahman also revealed how he felt after being handcuffed and forced to cooperate with the robbers, who bound and gagged Kardashian after gaining access to her room. He commented, "Immediately afterwards, I was very angry, and the first one I blamed was the hotel. They are responsible, I think. And I still blame them now. I told them, look what you did! What I told you for six years? Security cameras and other things are meant for days like today, to prevent these things from happening. If you have good guards, electronic systems to lock the doors, it can be possible to secure the hotel. One day, someone might be killed. That is more important than a robbery of rocks and metal.”
As for what happened to him after the robbery, Abdulrahman shared, "I ended up having the handcuffs on until almost five in the morning because policemen did not have the ability to open them. It made me upset. The police were not very professional. They did not look after me afterwards, they didn’t offer me any counselling or anything. Psychologically, I have to repair myself.”
Kim has been staying out of the spotlight since the robbery. Her assistant recently posted an update on Kim’s website, writing, "So you may have noticed we haven’t updated the app in a couple weeks. Keeks is taking some much needed time off.”