Kim Kardashian Doesn't Object To U.S. Government Seizing Roman Statue Purchased By Kanye West Amid Divorce Battle
The government says Kim Kardashian had no interest in objecting to them seizing an “illegally exported” statue reportedly purchased by her soon-to-be ex-husband Kanye West.
According to court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, the US government is asking the judge to sign off on the final step in the process of them returning the ancient Roman statue to Italy.
In February, Kim filed for divorce from Kanye after 7 years of marriage. A couple of months later, the reality star was dragged into a federal lawsuit over the artifact.
In court documents, the US government asked the court to allow them to take back a “looted, smuggled and illegally exported” antique that was allegedly set to be delivered to Kim.
A rep for Kim said she didn’t know about the antique and "never purchased this piece" and the suit was "the first that she has learned of its existence."
Sources spoke out claiming the purchase was made by Kanye West. The package had paperwork that stated, “Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust.”
Sources say the trust is one used by Kim but they were adamant she wasn’t involved. In court documents, the government said the statue, which dates to the 1st or 2nd Century Rome.
The item was shipped to America in 2016 and has been in the government’s custody ever since. The government found out the statue was an important cultural piece that was looted.
An insider claimed Kim believed Kanye bought the item as part of a large purchase of art. The item had been sent to America by a Belgium designer named Axel Vervoordt, who was known for working for Kanye in the past. He helped the famous couple set up their Hidden Hills mansion.
Vervoordt denied knowing the item was illegal and said he purchased it from a French gallery. In newly filed documents, the government says they served Kim with legal papers in May 2021.
They provided several months for the reality star to show up to court to object, but she didn’t. As a result, the lawyers representing the government are asking for the judge to sign off on the seizure.