By now everyone knows about the robbery of Kim Kardashian West at Paris' Hôtel de Pourtalès early in the morning of October 3. It was reported that the concierge at the front desk was the one who led the thieves to West's suite and let them in. Now the 39-year-old employee, who was actually a security guard and not a concierge, is speaking out about what went down and faulting the hotel for its lax security. He is also planning to take legal action against the hotel for the trauma he experienced.
The guard, who wishes to be referred to only as Abdulrahman, told the Daily Mail, "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."
He also disclosed that the front door's security code hasn't been changed in years, and that "everyone knew it." In fact, according to the Daily Mail, it still hasn't been changed, two weeks after the robbery. He'd emailed his bosses at the firm in charge of the hotel's security in 2010, warning them of the hazards of such insufficient security.
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.
Police insiders told the Daily Mail that the lack of CCTV in the hotel was deliberate, so that rich clients couldn't be filmed with guests such as prostitutes or business associates.
The security inside the hotel is no more comprehensive than the camera coverage, with just a wooden door to West's suite that had only one lock (said to be a Yale-type lock), and no bolt.
Abulrahman told the Daily Mail that on the morning in question, he was behind the desk when he saw what he thought were policemen outside the glass door. They made a motion for him to open it, even though he gestured to them that it was unlocked. Once he opened it, one man threw him to the ground and handcuffed him. At that point he still thought they were actual police, but when one of them asked him, "Where's the security video?," he realized it was a robbery.
He continued, "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's former colleagues at the hotel described him to the Daily Mail as a "loyal, hardworking and extremely intelligent employee," who did everything within his power to protect West.
Sources familiar with the police investigation also told the Daily Mail, "The security guard witness has clearly been through a terrible time, but his evidence is now absolutely crucial. It is only him and Kim Kardashian who have seen the robbers, but she is no longer in France to assist us. First hand, live testaments are always crucial."
Abdulrahman, however, is not very happy with the police, claiming that they haven't done a good job with the investigation so far. He also said, "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 counseling or anything. Psychologically, I have to repair myself."
On top of that, he says that the police gave the media confidential information he provided during his witness statement, which now puts him in danger.
"They told the press that I said [certain details] about the robbers’ identities. That was very dangerous for me, as it shows I gave evidence to the police."
But more than the police, Abdulrahman is angry at the hotel, telling the Daily Mail:
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.