Now here’s an ironic twist: On the same night that Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring premiered at Cannes Film Festival, starring Emma Watson as part of a Hollywood-targeting teen crime gang, $1 million worth of Chopard jewels was stolen from a Cannes hotel room.
A judicial police spokesperson for the nearby city of Nice told the AP that the thieves ripped the safe from the wall of Novotel room hotel room where the jewels were being stored.
Swiss-based jeweler Chopard has been a sponsor of the film festival for 15 years, having designed the Palme d’Or award and giving the Chopard Trophee that honors one rising actor and actress. Chopard also brings a 40 person team with them to Cannes for loaning jewels to celebrities, ensuring their product gets worn.
As of now, there are no details on how the thieves gained entry to the hotel room, but considering that these jewels come with a team of body guards (celebs who wear the jewels are even tailed by a bodyguard), it’s no small feat.
No word on what was in the safe or who it may have been intended for; we have reached out to Chopard and will update when we hear back.
We wonder if anyone has called Inspector Jacques Clouseau?
UPDATE: We have received an official statement from Chopard’s reps:
An employee of the House of Chopard has been the victim of a robbery last night in their hotel room while not on the premises.
There is currently a police investigation underway so we can only let you know that the value of the pieces stolen is far lower than those in the figures circulating in the media.
The jewels stolen are not part of the collection of jewels that are worn by actresses during the Cannes Film Festival.