Footage that was secretly recorded inside Kim Kardashian's Paris apartment immediately after the multimillion-dollar jewelry heist, a direct violation of France's strict privacy laws, may lead to prison time for the unidentified culprit. The video was briefly available online earlier this week but was swiftly removed by Kardashian's lawyers, TMZ reported Thursday.
The footage was reportedly recorded in secret just "moments" after police arrived at the scene of the crime and shows Kardashian FaceTiming with someone on the couch, with police searching the apartment in the background. Sources told TMZ Thursday that Kardashian's attorneys are working closely with Paris authorities to figure out who was behind the hidden camera and what they've done with the footage.
In France, filming someone in a private location (i.e. an apartment) without their consent is illegal. If police are able to track down the suspect, the person will potentially face up to a year in prison and a hefty $50,000 fine.
Kardashian's legal team is also believed to be currently in the process of suing MediaTakeOut. Kardashian, according to TMZ, alleges in a federal lawsuit against the website that they cited "random people off social media" in multiple posts and accused her of faking the armed robbery. Lawyers initially contacted the site to have the articles removed but took legal action after those requests were reportedly met inaction.
Kim's sister, Khloé Kardashian, gave fans a brief update on how the family was coping during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday. "She's not doing that well," Khloé said of her sister. "It's incredibly traumatic what happened to her. But our family is super close and great and we'll get through this together. We do appreciate all of your guys' love and support." Following the robbery, production on Keeping Up With the Kardashians has been put on hold.