[Blind Gossip] Why would a notable high-end property with multiple residences have absolutely no security cameras? It didn’t make any sense to us… until someone close to the situation clued us in!
The residents all have multiple homes. They are incredibly wealthy and slightly paranoid. They tend to use this property for the most private of “activities” that they don’t want anyone to see. Their visitors may include people to whom they are not married, escorts, drug dealers, politicians, celebrities, same-sex partners, etc.
There are no security cameras for any of the common areas because the residents don’t want them! Video can be subpoenaed. Video can be used for blackmail.
Thus, the ultimate security… is to have no security cameras at all!
Which celebrities use this particular location a lot… and what are they trying to hide?
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[Optional] If you were very wealthy, would you be paranoid about your activities being taped?
Celebrities: Kim Kardashian, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna, Prince
Let’s talk about the robbery of Kim Kardashian at an exclusive hotel in Paris.
Police sources just confirmed what Blind Gossip told you in the original blind item: The lack of security cameras in the Paris hotel was DELIBERATE and set up that way so that guests could privately entertain “sensitive” visitors!
According to police sources, the hotel management had deliberately chosen not to install CCTV so that their wealthy and powerful clients would not be filmed entering with, for example, prostitutes or sensitive business associates.
It also made robbing one of its guests incredibly easy. From The Daily Mail:
The “concierge” at the centre of the £8.5million Kim Kardashian heist today broke his silence to claim that the prestigious hotel was to blame for the shocking robbery because its bosses “didn’t care” about security.
BG Note: The article alternates between calling him a concierge and a security guard
The Hôtel de Pourtalès, so exclusive it is known as No Address France, is located in Paris’ 8th district. It contains 11 luxury apartments, which are rented out for between [$900-18,000 USD] per night.
Singer-songwriter Robin Thicke was staying in the hotel at the time of the robbery, but happened to be out when the crime took place. When he returned, he was kept waiting in the courtyard while the police conducted their investigations.
Jennifer Lawrence had been staying there just two days before the heist.
That is probably the only thing that Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian have in common. Well, besides this purple and orange outfit.
The establishment is known to be the height of discretion, with no sign outside and a super-rich clientele including Manchester United football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Leonardo DiCaprio and Madonna.
After its last renovation in 2010, the late pop star Prince is said to have reserved the entire building for a party.
The concierge at the time of the robbery had complained numerous times to management about the lack of security.
The 39-year-old security guard, who is working towards a doctorate at the Sorbonne university in Paris, was the only guard on duty when reality star Kim was bound, gagged and robbed at about 2.30am on October 3.
The traumatised father-of-one, named only as Abdulrahman because of fears for his safety, said he had warned Hôtel de Pourtalès that guests were vulnerable years before the attack – and even claimed that security was so lax that “someone might die.”
He claims that there had been no functioning security cameras at the hotel for at least six years, that the security codes had not been changed since 2010, and that there was regularly just a single guard on duty.
Really? That doesn’t sound very safe for a property frequented by high-profile guests.
In a further stunning disclosure, he said that Kim’s apartment was accessed simply by a wooden door with a single Yale-type lock, with no bolt to guard against intruders. He is now planning legal action against the hotel.
“I told the hotel years ago, you need better security and they didn’t care,” 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.’
According to police sources, the hotel management had deliberately chosen not to install CCTV so that their wealthy and powerful clients would not be filmed entering with, for example, pr*stitutes or sensitive business associates.
The apartment block is arguably the most prestigious in Paris, and is branded “No Address” because the celebrities who stay there expect utmost discretion.
“It was No Address, no security,” Abdulrahman said. “Nothing was locked, there was no proper security there.”
So, we have a an unlocked door… an entrance code that was widely shared for years… a single guard on duty… one non-working security camera… no CCTV throughout the property… a common Yale-type door lock on the apartment door… millions of dollars of jewelry that were widely-publicized… and no bodyguards.
No Address. No security. No surprise that someone was robbed!
Spicyone was first to guess that we were talking about the property where Kim Kardashian stayed.
Gretaguesses chimed in with a few other correct celebrity names.