Kim Kardashian has recently dropped a lawsuit against MediaTakeOut, a popular celebrity gossip website. MediaTakeOut posted three articles earlier this month claiming Kim Kardashian’s armed robbery in Paris was staged for insurance fraud, per ET Online. Lawyers who represent the Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s star indicated the pending legal drama was, “voluntarily dismissed, without prejudice, against defendants Mediatakeout.com LLC and Fred Mwangaguhunga.”
The Kardashian, MediaTakeOut drama began as a result of an October 14 post claiming Kardashian’s robbery was fake. MediaTakeOut apologized to Kim K. and her family for the unfounded accusations in the articles.
“MediaTakeOut regrettably published a series of false stories about Kim Kardashian West suggesting she faked the robbery in Paris, lied to authorities and then filed a $5.6 million fraudulent insurance claim for her stolen jewelry.”
MediaTakeOut has had a major change of heart. The website is now certain Kardashian was robbed in Paris.
“MediaTakeOut knows that Mrs. Kardashian West was in fact robbed in Paris. We have permanently removed from our website any and all posts that suggested she staged the robbery, lied about it to the French police and committed an insurance crime.
“We sincerely apologize to Mrs. Kardashian West and her family for the false stories we published and regret suggesting that what happened to her in Paris was anything less than horrific,” the statement continues. “We are pleased that this matter has been resolved to satisfaction of all the parties.”
According to court papers obtained by ET Online, Kardashian demanded the site publish a retraction and apologize, but was “ignored,” forcing her to file a lawsuit.
“After having been the victim of a horrific and traumatic armed robbery in France, Kim Kardashian returned to the United States only to again be victimized, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her a liar and thief… Defendants’ reckless and malicious publication of the articles was calculated to cause maximum harm to Kardashian.”
The website, Papermag produced another lengthy retraction from MediaTakeOut.
“Ten days ago a group of masked, armed men broke into Kim Kardashian’s Paris hotel room, bound and gagged her and stole millions worth of jewelry, including a $4.5 million diamond ring given to her by husband Kanye West.
“Immediately after the news broke, details began leaking out – from various news sources.
“News agencies began analyzing the information leaked – and many believed that there were inconsistencies in the reports. Many reputable news agencies, and even one Supreme Court justice, began questioning whether Kim Kardashian was ever really robbed. We were one of those news agencies who questioned what may have truly taken place.
“But now after speaking to sources, including some connected to the Kardashians, and getting further details on the sequence of events – we are now confident and without a doubt believe that Kim Kardashian was robbed as was reported to the Paris police. Anyone who is still questioning it, is wrong.”
MediaTakeOut explains to the public why the arguments they presented in their October 14 article were entirely incorrect.
“We can understand how reports questioning if the robbery in fact took place can be hurtful, and so we apologize… No one deserves to go through such a traumatic experience. Kim is not just celebrity, she is a person, a wife and a mother – who in no way deserved what happened to her…. We wish her the best as she emotionally recovers from the traumatic incident.”
Before issuing a retraction, MediaTakeOut founder, Fred Mwangaguhunga, spoke with CNN Money about the incident.
“Our number one goal is to produce the most accurate information as quickly as possible and we did that… But now, looking back at it, you have a chance often times to look back and reflect on what it is that happened. It’s now clear that she was robbed. It’s clear that the reporting that we did hurt her, and we certainly don’t want that to be what we do… It’s a bigger issue than just someone telling you to take it down. Sometimes you take it down because there’s something on there that’s not right and your readers are being misled by the information on it.”
Mwangaguhunga now empathizes with Kim, noting regardless of her celebrity status, she is a human being, a wife, and a mother who deserves to be believed.
“Kim Kardashian is not just a celebrity, she is a human being. She is a mother, she is a wife and she was a victim of a violent crime. She definitely did not deserve it and she deserved to be believed.
“As with most celebrities, there is often a love hate relationship with MediaTakeOut,” he said. “Sometimes, you are writing stories about people that are incredibly flattering and I think celebrities love to hear that. And often times, you are writing stories about celebrities that are not often flattering — and those days — they don’t really like it. I suspect that the Kardashians and Kanye fall into that.”
The KUWTK star has yet to speak out publicly about the Paris robbery. Kim has been laying low and spending a ton of time with her children, North and Saint West. Kim K. quietly celebrated her 36th birthday last week.
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