Kim Kardashian was named in a federal lawsuit that alleges she is involved in smuggling an ancient Roman statue that was looted from Italy.
California Court documents indicate that the U.S. government is seeking the civil forfeiture of a “looted, smuggled and illegally exported” statue, known as Fragment of Myron’s Samian Athena, that Kardashian allegedly purchased.
The limestone sculpture, which dates back to the 1st or 2nd century AD, was seized by US Customs and Border Protection at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport in June 2016, as a part of a larger 40 item shipment valued at more than $745,000.
The shipper was identified as Belgium designer Axel Vervoordt, who has worked with Kardashian’s ex-Kanye West procuring art pieces for several of their properties in the past. The consignee of the shipment was listed as “Kim Kardashian dba (doing business as) Noel Roberts Trust,” which is an entity the former couple utilized to make joint real estate purchases.
The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star claimed she “never purchased this piece” and the lawsuit was “the first that she has learned of its existence.”
“We believe that it may have been purchased using her name without authorization and because it was never received (and) she was unaware of the transaction,” a spokesperson said. “We encourage an investigation and hope that it gets returned to the rightful owners.”
According to a report, Kardashian’s estranged husband Kanye West was actually the one who acquired the statue as a larger purchase of art and antiquities.
The reality star is not accused of any illegal activity in the court filing, and there is no suggestion she was aware of any wrongdoing within the documents.