Kim Kardashian has denied that she tried to import ‘a smuggled’ Ancient Roman sculpture that was seized by customs officials in 2016.
US prosecutors last week called for the confiscation of fragments of statues and their return to Italy where it was verified that the statue in Kardashian’s possession was “looted, smuggled and illegally exported.”
The statue, known as the Fragment of Myron’s Athena was imported to Los Angeles in 2016 and was bound for Kardashian and Kanye West’s home in Calabasas.
According to court documents presented by prosecutors, the consignees and importers were named Axel Vervoordt (‘Vervoordt’), Axel Vervoordt NV/SA, Meys & Zonen, NV, Noel Roberts Trust, Freeman Group, Inc., and Kim Kardashian.
Kardashian’s home during that time was being renovated by Vervoordt who claimed he bought the statue in 2012 after he loaned it from Galerie Chenel in Paris.
Galerie Chenel Director Ollivier Chenel claimed that the sculpture was bought legally at an auction house in Germany last 2010 and originated from an English estate.
Kardashian however denied knowing that the statue was smuggled and was imported in her name.
“Kim never purchased this piece and this is the first that she has learned of its existence,’ the spokesman said. We believe it may have been purchased using her name without authorization and because it was never received, she was unaware of the transaction,” said Kardashian’s spokesperson.
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