The “concierge” held at gunpoint during the Kim Kardashian jewelry heist in Paris has said he warned hotel owners of the security failures.
The man, known for safety reasons only as Abdulrahman, said he warned the owners of the Hôtel de Pourtalès that security was poor and guests were vulnerable, British newspaper Daily Mail reports.
He added that the owners deliberately chose not to install CCTV cameras to ensure the privacy of guests at the expense of their safety.
“There was no real security at all. It’s a choice. The hotel doesn’t mind about security,” the 39-year-old said. “We told them years and years before, you have to make a camera, you have to put [in place] a security process, about keys.”
“Nothing was locked, there was no proper security there,” he continued.
Colleagues said Abdulrahman has been an exemplary employee with a fantastic record, but now he fears for his life and wants to return to his native Algeria to be with his family.
Abdulrahman was the guard on duty when five gunmen gained access to the hotel and held him up at gunpoint to let them pass through to Kim’s luxury apartment where they stole jewels worth $10 million.
He is now a key witness in the investigation and says the blame lies with the hotel.
“Immediately afterwards, I was very angry, and the first one I blamed was the hotel,” he said. “They are responsible, I think. And I still blame them now.
Shockingly, Abdulrahman revealed that the hotel never changed their security pass code in years…and it still has not been changed two weeks after the robbery!
“One day, someone might be killed. That is more important than a robbery of rocks and metal,” he warned.