American rapper Kanye West, the estranged husband of American socialite Kim Kardashian, is allegedly involved in the purchase of a "looted" Ancient Roman statue imported from Italy under the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star's name.

However, a Kardashian representative has fervently denied her involvement in the case.

"We believe [the statue] may have been purchased using her name without authorization and because it was never received, she was unaware of the transaction," the spokesperson said.

Kardashian, 40, made headlines this week after being named in a forfeiture claim filed in a federal court in Los Angeles. Documents noted that ''Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust' in Woodland Hills, California" bought the piece from an Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Belgium in 2016.

According to TMZ, the SKIMS mogul only found out this week that the piece was bought by her soon-to-be-ex-husband West as part of a larger art purchase valued at $745,882 some five years ago. It is unclear if Kanye had purchased the reappropriated statue as a gift.

It is noted that Kardashian is not accused of any wrongdoing in the court documents. Also, no suggestions were made that she was aware that the purchase may have been illegal.

The limestone artwork called the "Fragment of Myron Samian Athena" was among a $750,000 shipment seized by U.S. Customs officials in Los Angeles in 2016 after authorities were told it might contain protected cultural property, The Mirror reported.

At the time, the celebrity couple was renovating their Calabasas mansion with Vervoordt, a Belgian designer, who was also mentioned in the court documents. His camp maintains he acquired the statue "in good faith" from a French gallery, which bought the statue from a German bidder.

"At this point, there is no evidence that this piece was illegally imported from Italy. If the investigation proves that the piece was actually exported from Italy without a proper export license from the Italian Ministry of Culture, then we will of course take our responsibility," a spokesperson said.

According to The Guardian, the controversial statue showed signs of having been from the Roman empire and no records could suggest that it was legally exported from Italy.

Following an independent probe, Artnet News verified that the Ancient Roman statue was “looted, smuggled, and illegally exported." Italian authorities have since requested the repatriation of the relic.

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are in the process of finalizing their divorce. Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images

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