Kim Kardashian receives apology letter from Paris robbery mastermind - report

The mastermind of a heist that robbed Kim Kardashian-West of $14 million-worth of diamonds and jewellery has issued an apology to the reality TV star, TMZ reports.

Kardashian-West, 37, was robbed at gunpoint by a gang of masked men who tied her up in her Paris apartment early on October 3 last year, and now Aomar Ait Khedache - one of the leaders of the gang - has sent her a letter expressing regret at his crime.

In his letter Khedache said he had seen video clips of Kardashian-West, the wife of US rapper Kanye West, crying about the incident - and says he was touched by her tears.

"After observing your emotion and realising the psychological damages I inflicted ... I decided to write to you, not to obtain from you some sort of indulgence," he wrote.

"I want to come to you as a human being to tell you how much I regret my gesture, how much I have been moved and touched to see you in tears.

"Know that I fully sympathise with the pain you, your children, your husband, and your close ones are enduring.

"I hope that this letter will allow you to forget, little by little, the trauma that you suffered by my error."

TMZ reports the letter has not been well-received by Kardashian-West, who apparently thinks it is an attempt by Khedache to appear remorseful and attract a more lenient sentence.

It was first sent to the judge overseeing the case, and then handed to Kardashian-West's legal team, which has reportedly contributed to her belief that it was a ploy to garner sympathy.