Kimye ditches beloved (and feared) bodyguard Pascal Duvier after Paris robbery
The details about Kim Kardashian’s robbery in Paris are still basically nonexistent. But after laying low for a few weeks, it looks like Kim and Kanye fired their favorite bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, according to Us Weekly. The 43-year-old bodyguard has been working with West since 2012 and Kardashian since 2013. There’s no official word as to why he was fired, but a source told Us “the decision wasn’t personal but rather a complete overhauling of security after the incident.” Sources have explicitly stated that Kardashian wasn’t pointing fingers at her staff, so it’s unlikely the family blames him.
On the night of the robbery, Duvier was with Kourtney and Kendall at L’Arc Nightclub in Paris; Kim had left earlier in the night. According to the anonymous source, “Kim is not blaming Pascal. She felt completely safe at the Paris apartment and doesn’t believe this is his fault in any way.” The couple let a bunch of other security officials go this week, too, according to Entertainment Tonight. “It’s a pretty tough situation overall and they love Pascal, but they couldn’t take any more chances,” a source told ET. The couple has been reassessing their security since just after the robbery, so this has been coming for a while.
It must stink to be Duvier right now though, as he’s been partly blamed in the media for the organized burglary. But come on — it most definitely wasn’t his fault. Piers Morgan wrote in The Daily Mail back in October that Duvier should’ve been fired immediately, saying, “What if it had been Islamic State?” (Let’s not even start with why Morgan is opining on the matter.) Duvier responded to the hyperbolic pundit on Instagram, writing, “It is a pleasure and honor to see that you took the time getting experienced in the personal protection field and have made the effort to actually investigate about me from illusional and defamatory articles online.”
It looks like Kim and Kanye are sort of taking Morgan’s words to heart though, as he noted that Duvier was recognizable from their paparazzi and social media photos, possibly giving the robbers a chance to make sure the coast was clear that night. Basically, if they spotted Duvier with her sisters, they would have known Kim was alone without any muscle around her.
According to ET, Kimye is in the market for undercover security. A source said last month, “Their immediate need is undercover security — people who will be with them but stepped back to the side. There are plans for many other things they’ll change as well.”