According to reports, Kim Kardashian, star of the show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” has officially been named by a federal court complaint in regards to a Roman statue that was allegedly “smuggled” out of Italy.
As reported by Fox News, “U.S. attorneys filed a complaint in the Central District of California on Friday against One Antique Roman Statue,” and Kardashian is on the paperwork and “listed as an individual included in the Noel Roberts Trust who ‘may be adversely affected’ by the filing.”
“According to the complaint obtained by Fox News, the One Antique Roman Statue was seized back in June 2016 by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Los Angeles. The statue is currently in the custody of CBP. Kardashian, 40, was listed as ‘the consignee and importer name.'”
Fox went on to add that “Included in the shipment was 40 pieces of antique objects estimated with a value of $745,882, documents state. Masterpiece International was listed as the broker of the statue.”
Any archaeological items and materials “originating in Italy and representing the pre-classical, Classical and Imperial Roman Periods” are not permitted to be imported into the United States that do not have “proper documentation.” As reported by the LA Times, this is due to the Cultural Property Implementation Act.
Alleged by the federal court complaint, a 2018 analysis of the item that was conducted by an expert from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage from Italy deduced that the statue had been “looted, smuggled and illegally exported from Italy.”
“As such, Italy’s Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage has requested the artifact addressed to Kardashian be returned to its alleged country of origin,” the LA Times went on to say.
As per the report, the defendant of the case is, in fact, the statue and not Kardashian herself. The Roman statue is currently in the custody of CBP and is “identified by the government as ‘Fragment of Myron’s Samian Athena, Limestone, Roman, 1st — 2nd century A.D.'”
The LA Times stated that the court documents alleged that “a suspicious package was flagged by CBP upon arriving in Los Angeles on May 3, 2016,” with the package seeming to contain “a stone sculpture of the lower half of a human figure wearing a dress” that was described as “40 pieces of ‘Antiques & Modern Furniture & Decorations Objects’ with a gross weight of [5 tons] and valued at $745,882.”
As reported by The Daily Beast, Masterpiece International, a logistics company and customer broker, “originally claimed that the statue was acquired at the Galerie Chenel in Paris in 2012 by renowned art dealer Axel Vervoordt,” the very same art dealer and interior designer “who worked on Kardashian and West’s Los Angeles estate.”
After a customer official looked a the statue, the description of the item did not match the imported item.