The “concierge” who was held at gunpoint and allowed thieves into the Paris suite occupied by Kim Kardashian is speaking out about his ordeal, and has some harsh words to share about the lax security at the hotel where the robbery took place.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the 39-year-old hotel employee — identified only as Abdulrahman — slams his bosses because they “didn’t care” about security, and ignored his warnings for years.
“There was no real security at all. It’s a choice. The hotel doesn’t mind about security. We told them years and years before, you have to make a camera, you have to put [in place] a security process, about keys. Nothing was locked, there was no proper security there,” he tells the Mail, explaining that the security code for the front door had not been changed in six years, and that “everybody knew it.” In fact, the Mail claims they were able to gain access to the celebrity-favoured luxury hotel two weeks after the robbery, using the same code that had been in place before.
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In fact, he tells The Mail that there are no functioning security cameras, despite his pleas to his bosses, and that Kardashian’s apartment was accessed by a wooden door with a Yale-style lock, and no deadbolt; he provided the newspaper with a 2010 email in which he warns his employers of the major security lapses.
“I told the hotel years ago, you need better security and they didn’t mind,” Abdulrahman said. “If you look at that big door, it wasn’t locked, it was open. We talked about it and nobody cared. The code of the door was never changed and everybody knew it. There is a camera in the main wall of the hotel, behind the big red [front] doors, but it didn’t work for years.”
He was the sole security guard on duty that night when he was handcuffed and taken to Kardashian’s door at gunpoint, and even ordered to act as interpreter during the robbery.
Following the attack, he admits he was filled with rage toward the bosses who ignored his requests for tighter security.
“Immediately afterwards, I was very angry, and the first one I blamed was the hotel. They are responsible, I think. And I still blame them now,” he said, adding: “I told them, look what you did!
What I told you for six years? Security cameras and other things are meant for days like today, to prevent these things from happening. If you have good guards, electronic systems to lock the doors, it can be possible to secure the hotel.”
He added: “One day, someone might be killed. That is more important than a robbery of rocks and metal.”