Remember when: Kim Kardashian flees Vienna's Life Ball after blackface incident

This annual Life Ball is around the corner, returning to Vienna's City Hall for the 26th year on June 8, and we're taking a look back at one of the most iconic moments from the event.

In 2014, E!'s "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" captured (check out the videos above for a flashback) Kim's unpleasant experience at Europe's biggest charity event. Kim and Kris Jenner attended the Life Ball as dates of Viennese millionaire mall developer Richard Lugner, who in the past has taken Paris Hilton and Carmen Electra as plus ones.

SEE ALSO: Vienna's Life Ball red carpet through the years: From Charlize Theron to Bill Clinton

What was supposed to be an A-list and elegant affair for charity took an ugly turn of events when Kim arrived at the palace and was greeted by comedian, Chris Stephans, who appeared in blackface, pretending to be Kardashian's then-fiancé Kanye West.

Stephans asked the Orchestra to play “N---as in Vienna” – an apparent reference to West’s song “N---as in Paris.”

Kim admitted it was "scary" after the constant badgering by Stephans, while Kris noted how "uncomfortable" the bizarre incident was.

Kim immediately left the event in awe and headed back to her hotel room with Kris, only to find Kris' luggage sliced open with tens of thousands of dollars worth of designer items stolen.

“I can barely believe what I’m looking at,” Kris said “Somebody went through my stuff and has actually taken half of it...Look what they did to my suitcases – they sliced them!” Jenner added that she felt very “violated" after someone rummaged through her personal belongings - including Chanel bags and shoes and a special gift from Kanye.

SEE ALSO: Caitlyn Jenner hits Vienna for Life Ball as son Brody weds across the world: ‘Life’s a good thing’

Chris Stephans ultimately took to social media to apologize for his racist actions following the Life Ball. 

"I am very sorry that this whole situation went badly and was completely misunderstood. I am myself an Arab, born in Austria! Under no circumstance did I want to come across as racist with this action and again apologize to everyone who felt offended," he wrote.

The 2019 Life Ball is set to have a star-studded guest list including Katie Holmes, Kelly Osbourne and Alan Cummings.  Check out Vienna's Life Ball red carpet through the years in the gallery below!

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VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 16: Paula Abdul attends the Life Ball 2015 after show party at City Hall on May 16, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Life Ball 2015/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 25: Sir Elton John (L) and Bill Clinton during the 'Life Ball 2013 - Show' at City Hall on May 25, 2013 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Life Ball 2013/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - JUNE 02: Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, during the Life Ball 2018 at City Hall on June 2, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The Life Ball, an annual charity event raising funds for HIV & AIDS projects, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year at Vienna's City Hall. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - JUNE 10: Naomi Campbell during the Life Ball 2017 at City Hall on June 10, 2017 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 25: Sir Elton John speaks during the 'Life Ball 2013 - Show' at City Hall on May 25, 2013 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Life Ball 2013/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 15: Katy Perry attends LIFE BALL 2009 Cocktail Reception at Hotel Le Meridien on May 15, 2009 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by NICK HUNT /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 25: Bill Clinton speaks during the 'Life Ball 2013 - Show' at City Hall on May 25, 2013 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Life Ball 2013/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 16: Charlize Theron and Sean Penn attend the Life Ball 2015 at City Hall on May 16, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Nigel Treblin/Life Ball 2015/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 16: Sean Penn and Charlize Theron attend the AIDS Solidarity Gala at Hofburg Vienna on May 16, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Life Ball 2015/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - JUNE 02: Caitlyn Jenner attends the Life Ball 2018 at City Hall on June 2, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The Life Ball, an annual charity event raising funds for HIV & AIDS projects, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year at Vienna's City Hall. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 31: Kesha attends the Life Ball 2014 at City Hall on May 31, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - JUNE 02: Kelly Osbourne during the Life Ball 2018 at City Hall on June 2, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The Life Ball, an annual charity event raising funds for HIV & AIDS projects, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year at Vienna's City Hall. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 16: Carmen Electra attends the Life Ball 2015 at City Hall on May 16, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Life Ball 2015/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 16: Mary J. Blige performs live on stage during the Life Ball 2015 show at City Hall on May 16, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Nigel Treblin/Life Ball 2015/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 25: Adam Lambert attends the 'Life Ball 2013 - Magenta Carpet Arrivals' at City Hall on May 25, 2013 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Life Ball 2013/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - JUNE 09: Pat Cleveland arrives on the Life Ball plane on June 9, 2017 in Vienna, Austria. The Life Ball, an annual charity ball raising funds for HIV & AIDS projects, will take place on June 10, 2017 at the city hall in Vienna. (Photo by Christian Hofer/Life Ball 2017/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 31: Ricky Martin attends the Life Ball 2014 at City Hall on May 31, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 16: Paula Abdul and Frankie Grande attend the Life Ball 2015 after show party at City Hall on May 16, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Life Ball 2015/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 16: Paula Abdul and Frankie Grande attend the Life Ball 2015 after show party at City Hall on May 16, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Life Ball 2015/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 31: Marcia Cross attends the Life Ball 2014 at City Hall on May 31, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 31: Designer Jean Paul Gaultier and Archie Drury ( husband of Karolina Kurkova) attend the Life Ball 2014 after show party at City Hall on May 31, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 31: Leona Lewis and Archrie Drury (husband of Karolina Kurkova) attend the Life Ball 2014 after show party at City Hall on May 31, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 25: Karolina Kurkova attends the 'Life Ball 2013 - Magenta Carpet Arrivals' at City Hall on May 25, 2013 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Life Ball 2013/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 19: Actress Milla Jovovich attends the Life Ball 2012 AIDS charity fundraiser at City Hall on May 19, 2012 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Life Ball 2012/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 25: Fergie attends the 'Life Ball 2013 - Magenta Carpet Arrivals' at City Hall on May 25, 2013 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Life Ball 2013/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 25: Roberto Cavalli poses with a special MINI designed by Cavalli after the 'Life Ball 2013 - Press Conference' at Hotel Imperial Vienna on May 25, 2013 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Life Ball 2013/Getty Images)
US singer-songwriter Katy Perry performs during the 17th Life Ball in Vienna late on May 16, 2009. Life Ball is Europe's largest annual AIDS charity and the organizers hoped to raise more than 1 million euros (about 1.6 million US dollars) to help people living with HIV-AIDS. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sharon Stone arrives at the Life Ball 2008, Europe's largest Gala againts HIV and aids held at the Town Hall Square on May 17, 2008 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
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