Company Pulls Kim Kardashian Robbery Costume Following Backlash

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An online retailer has pulled a Halloween costume that appeared to make light of the recent jewelry heist involving Kim Kardashian West.

Time reports that the listing for the “Parisian Heist” costume on Costumeish featured a bound and gagged Kardashian lookalike dressed in a white robe and sporting a giant ring. The listing didn’t include Kardashian’s name. The costume was being sold for nearly $70.

The company’s founder, Jonathon Weeks, told Time that the costume was designed to provoke a strong reaction. He says he didn’t want to “make light of a serious situation,” and added that the company wasn’t mocking her.

The costume prompted outrage from some social media users.

The company’s Twitter account announced Tuesday the costume had been pulled and apologized if it “offended anyone.”

On Oct. 3, police said armed robbers forced their way into a private residence where the reality TV star was staying, tied her up and stole $10 million worth of jewelry. She was in Paris for fashion week.

After the attack, her husband, Kanye West, abruptly ended his New York concert, announcing that he had a family emergency.

No arrests have been made.

On Tuesday, Kardashian West sued an online media outlet for libel, saying she was wrongly portrayed as a liar and thief after she was attacked in Paris.

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