Kim Kardashian West is suing a US celebrity gossip website for claiming she staged an armed robbery in Paris to cheat her insurers out of millions.

Police said the reality TV star was tied up and robbed at gunpoint by raiders who stole £8m of jewellery.

She was in the French capital for Paris Fashion Week when she was robbed in a luxury apartment by a gang disguised as police officers.

The defamation lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and was filed in New York against and its founder, Fred Mwangaguhunga, for reporting she faked last week’s incident and then filed a fraudulent insurance claim.

Court papers said Kardashian West returned to the United States only to again be victimised, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her a liar and thief.

The articles claimed, without any factual support whatsoever, that Kardashian faked the robbery, lied about the violent assault, and then filed a fraudulent claim with her insurance company to bilk her carrier out of millions of dollars, the lawsuit said.

It said the stories paint the victim of a serious crime as a criminal herself and are libellous.

The website refused to publish a retraction and an apology, it added.

During the robbery, Kardashian West had a handgun held to her temple before she was tied up and locked in a bathroom.

A jewellery box was stolen containing a ring worth €4m (£3.5m), as well as other valuables worth between €5m and €6m (£4.4m – £5.2m).

The 35-year-old, who has two children with husband rapper Kanye West, flew back to the US hours after the attack, after being questioned by police.

Her TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, has been put on hold and her sister Khloe has called it a wake-up call to the family, who chronicle almost every aspect of their lives on TV and social media.

She’s not doing that well. I mean, it’s incredibly traumatic what happened to her, but our family is super-close and great and we’ll get through it together, she told US chat show host Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday.

Four days before the robbery, Kardashian West posted a photograph on Instagram of a huge ring on her left hand captioned with three diamond emojis.

The day after the robbery, Paris police said she had made herself a target by flaunting her lavish lifestyle.

Investigators have been studying DNA samples found in the apartment where the raid took place.

However, no evidence was recovered from Kardashian West’s diamond pendant that was found in a nearby street.

(c) Sky News 2016: Kim Kardashian West sues over claim she faked Paris robbery