Kim Kardashian named in claim for confiscation of ‘looted’ Roman statue

Kim Kardashian named in claim for confiscation of ‘looted’ Roman statue

The U.S. government named Kim Kardashian in a civil forfeiture complaint over an ancient Roman statue seized in the Port of Los Angeles in June 2016 that Italian authorities believe was originally looted in Italy.

According to court documents, the statue, known as Myron’s Fragment of Samian Athena, was purchased by Kardashian from a Belgian art dealer. It has been valued as being a copy of the Early Roman Empire using an ancient Greek style statue.

The request for confiscation, filed in federal court in Los Angeles last week, says the statue was seized by customs officials after the import broker failed to provide sufficient documentation of its origins.

The statue was part of a shipment containing 40 items with a total value of $ 745,882 (around £ 536,000), described as antiques, furniture and decorations rather than archaeological finds. However, an Italian archaeologist who analyzed the work in February 2018 concluded that it showed signs of belonging to the Roman Empire. There is no record of its legal export from Italy.

An image of the statue in question – known as Myron’s Fragment of Samian Athena Photograph: Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage

“Based on the information and scientific aspects provided by the archaeologist, the archaeologist estimated that the defendant’s statue had been looted, smuggled in and illegally exported from Italy,” says the complaint, which was filed in response to an Italian request for the repatriation of the statue.

The United States restricts the importation of archaeological material from Italy in an attempt to discourage looting and looting of objects.

Kardashian, 40, is not charged with any wrongdoing in the documents, and there is no indication that she knew there could be a problem with the purchase.

A Kardashian spokesperson told that she had no idea the statue was imported in her name. “Kim has never bought this coin and it’s the first she learned of it,” the spokesperson said.


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