The US government has ordered Kim Kardashian to hand over a stolen Roman statue, which was seized at an L.A. port back in 2016.
On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian unexpectedly got involved in an international art smuggling row. A Roman sculpture was imported to the United States under her name,
US prosecutors called for the statue fragment last week, to be forfeited and returned to Italy. The Italian archaeologist who found it claimed the piece had been “looted, smuggled and illegally exported.”
According to the court documents, the consignee and importer’s name has been listed as “‘Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust’ in Woodland Hills, California.” It referred to an invoice “for the sale of the defendant statue by Vervoordt to Noel Robert Trust, dated March 11, 2016.”
The sculpture was part of a 5.5-ton shipment valued at $745,882 that allegedly had 40 antiques, a piece of Modern furniture, and decorative objects.
The 40-year-old KKW Beauty founder denied trying to import the stolen piece. She purchased the limestone statue, known as “Fragment of Myron’s Samian Athena,” from Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Belgium in 2016, according to Artnet.
A spokeswoman for Kim dismissed US media reports associating the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star with the statue. The spokeswoman told AFP that the reports lacked “accurate information.”