TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Kardashian Clothing Scandal

Human Rights Group Leader

Says NO PROOF of 'Slave Labor'

12/21/2011 9:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1221_kardashians_EX_05
The leader of the human rights group quoted in a story implying the Kardashians use "slave labor" to manufacture their clothes and shoes says the story is misleading.

Charles Kernaghan, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, tells TMZ, he told Star Magazine, "It was a wise idea to wait on the article," because he had no proof that the specific factories the Kardashians use violated child labor standards or human rights.

Star's headline reads, "Kardashian Sweatshop Scandal: Family's Fashion Empire Makes Millions from Child Labor."  Kernaghan is quoted as saying, "The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people ... Not only are celebrities like the Kardashians taking advantage of these workers, they are holding hands with a government that spits on democracy and women's rights."

Kernaghan tells us ... his quotes were taken out of context ... that the violations he described to Star apply to the REGION in China where clothing and other items are manufactured.  He says child labor practices in many of the factories are appalling, but he has no proof the specific factories the Kardashians use employ such practices.

Kernaghan says his organization is investigating the factories the Kardashians use, but so far he has NO EVIDENCE of any human rights abuses.

Kernaghan does say ... 75% of the factories in the region have violations similar to the ones described in Star.

Kris Jenner tells TMZ ... the factories the Kardashians use are "strictly policed" and there are no child labor or human rights violations.

We put a call in to Star.  So far ... no response.

1221_kardashian_shoes_kicks_footer

144 COMMENTS

No Avatar
16.

anon    

let the drama continue.. they love it.. they don't care as long as there in the media.. the media buys into it & force feeds us with it. There all in bed together.everyday we get some K drama & every day we all read it.lol

935 days ago
17.

Joao    

IN OTHER WORDS IS GUILTY OF SPREADING LIES AND THIS IS THEIR RENDITION OF A "RETRACTION"

935 days ago
18.

w    

their clothes are HORRIBLE, I was looking at them and when i touched them the material is garbage, not worth 1 percent what they are priced at, and it smelled like dirty chemicals, a horrible chemical smell came off one of the off the shoulder black and white striped sweater things, you know its not a sweater and its not a shirt, I call them shweaters, stupid ugly things, but this one was dollar store quality, sooo bad. not worth K mart.

935 days ago
19.

Dennis Johnson    

I dont really care for the Kardashians but this is pure MEDIA BULL S--T.It is unfair and a lie!They knew they could get a read if they used the Kardashians NAME to get attention to their BS.This really SUCKS!

935 days ago
20.

w    

another thing, Thanks TMZ for letting me know these what not's are a part of shoedazzle, I won't be buying from them lmao. garbage, all of em.

935 days ago
21.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

It's sad that when Santa says "Ho, Ho, Ho, the Kardashians sisters come running...with their pimp, I mean mother pulling up the rear.

935 days ago
22.

xxshayabusa    

If and I say If this is true then the only solution is to close this company for ever. Silver necklase

935 days ago
23.

Throwback kid    

It looks like Kris Jenner is already trying to get ahead of the damage control. Hope she does a better job than she did on the talk show where she called Kris Humpfries an Indian Giver! So far Kris Jenner has stepped into on PR disaster after another, She doesn't realize Anerica is done with her awful family

935 days ago
24.

messygirl    

I'm so sick of the Kardashians. They are famous for no reason whatsoever. I just skim over any posts about them. Stop reporting on them and they'll go away.

935 days ago
25.

Michael    

it's sad that the K-sluts have so much power they can get someone to change his words. I HIGHLY doubt his words were taken out of context. While Star Magazine isn't worth wiping your AZZ with, this could be a major issue and they could get sued. So i don't think they are wrong.

935 days ago
26.

Pebblebeach    

as if I cared...

935 days ago
27.

Hugh Jass    

1) they should not be using Asian labor when American workers can produce their clothing line and textile plants in the US could use the business
2) if Kim and her huge derriere had married me she'd have been Mrs. Hugh Jass (say that rapidly ten times)

935 days ago
28.

..EW..    

Instead of just boycotting the Kardashians, how about people boycott everything made in China? How about starting with Apple? Apple supposedly used child labour. How about Walmart that makes everything in China too? The problem is a lot bigger than just the Kardashian clothing...

935 days ago
29.

King of TMZ    

oh a company make their company shoes lol

and one of their so called titles is:
Fashion Designer LMAO :D

935 days ago
30.

Big D    

Who else is tried of hearing about the Kardashians? Once their show is cancelled they will disappear.

935 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web