MediaTakeOut, founded by Fred Mwangaguhunga, deleted the fictitious articles that claimed Kardashian, 36, lied about the multi-million dollar jewelry heist in order to commit insurance fraud. The website issued an apology and retraction on Oct. 24.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
In an interview with CNN Money, Mwangaguhunga acknowledged that his website’s reporting was misleading, inappropriate, insensitive.
“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.”
In a separate incident, Kardashian has threatened to take legal action against a Huffington Post contributor who stated the traumatizing armed home invasion was a publicity stunt.
TMZ reported that Kardashian is considering filing a lawsuit against Sharika Soal, after she self-published on the website that the incident was a “publicity stunt gone horribly wrong.” The article has since been removed from Huffington Post because it “violated” its terms.
When Soal was contacted by TMZ, she told them that Kardashian wouldn’t get anything out of the lawsuit, given that she doesn’t have anything.
Nearly a month ago, Kardashian was held at gunpoint by police impersonators, who stole approximately $11 million in jewelry, $1,000 in cash, and a cell phone. Last week, surveillance footage of the alleged perpetrators was released on a French media outlet, showing the men flee the scene on bicycles and on foot.
Kardashian, who has kept a low-profile since the incident, was spotted getting ice cream with her friend Jonathan Cheban on Monday.
The investigation into the robbery continues.