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Kardashian Clothing Scandal

Human Rights Group Leader

Says NO PROOF of 'Slave Labor'

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

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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.

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144 COMMENTS

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76.

Alan Carver    

All I can say is that the BACKLASH towards the Kardashians officially started after Kim filed after 72 days! Let's hope that more scandals follow these twits and we can finally be RID OF THEM FOREVER! Who gives a flying fig about these bird-brains! They are as moronic as watching paste dry!

1035 days ago
77.

yari    

star magazine and the national inquirer are the most phony mags. they makeup whatever they want and print it. its sad that so many ppl are just so quick to believe what the media says. they're trying to sell mags ppl

1035 days ago
78.

Loving Latina    

of course he's denying it now!!! How much was he threatened with by Kardashian attorney's... Their factories enslave young youths to work for a dollar an hour....how pathetic!!! NO MORE KARDASHIANs/jenners!!!

1035 days ago
79.

JUstin    

LIARS , LIARS , LIARS ... This was a desperate BIG FAT LIE .
Why do people do this ? Yeah , the Kardashians are annoying but stop with the Desperation . I think PETA tried to do this to..

1035 days ago
80.

Everyones~A~Star    

Dont buy the kartrashians cheap made in china clothing. Even if its not slave labour we still need to ask why is it not MADE IN THE USA? Buy America, these greedy arseholes take your american money and send the jobs to china, they give nothing back....me me me me me ....stop buying their cheap trashy **** you kim k followers all look like stupid lil sluts. No wonder Rogue Warrior hates women with bitches like these in the news all the time. Who are the women who BUY that crap? When you see someone wearing a Kartrashian do the world a favour.....point.....then laugh. Shes a freeking low grade hooker and you buy her stuff?????? WHATS WRONG WITH YOU GIRLS??? Boycot!!!!! Dammit boycott!!! point and laugh!

1035 days ago
81.

JUstin    

This story was a BIG LIE .. Now the reporter is back tracking ..Do not make me like the Kardashians..

1035 days ago
82.

Butterfly    

LISTEN UP, PEOPLE! About the now famous "family Christmas card" the K bunch is so proud of. When was the last time any of us mailed, or, received a Christmas card with a stretch of "leg" showing as posed by their little one. Are these people so IGNORANT they haven't yet figured out that the beginning of the word Christmas is C-H-R-I-S-T??? Dear God In Heaven, what are these people made of??? So, to all those who keep cheering them on, you have placed yourselves into the same LOW CLASS category as they!!! Sorry to say, but, it is true!!! The smart thing to do is to GET OUT, NOW!!! You will be happier for it, guaranteed!!!

1035 days ago
83.

Murf    

These people could care less about anyone let alone some poor person working in a slave like factory. If it means another penney in their bank account they will stop at nothing. We all know its true and they don't care if we know.

1035 days ago
84.

soulofanangel    

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
B O Y C O T T everything and anything KARDASHIAN.
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Mindless low life KARDASHIANS have mastered the art of "stupidity". The mass of STUPIDS follow the KARDASHIANS for what purpose?...oh yes, to create of flood of CASH for undeserving KARDASHIANS and to be LAUGHED AT by them for their stupid following.
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If you are young enough to "find your voice and have control over your spending" B O Y C O T T everything and anything KARDASHIAN. B O Y C O T T SEARS, OPI nail polish,RYAN SEACREST productions etc.
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Don't let KARDASHIANS make multi millions off SLAVE LABOR!
If KARDASHIANS think it's OK to have children make their SH*T clothing, bags, shoes etc. then maybe MASON (Kourtney's son) should be the next hired hand?
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KENDAL AND KYLIE should also be hired hands?...if they know their right hand from their left hand.
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1035 days ago
85.

Reader    

GO AWAY 2012 DISGUSTING FAMILY

boycott e channel and ryan seacrest

1035 days ago
86.

mistajones    

Maybe Kendal should get involved , see seems pretty caring since Sweet 16 b-day bash ......... NO BAHAMAS lmao

1035 days ago
87.

willie1    

And it just keeps getting funnier everyday! They all give kidney's to dying haiti children now and it would still be a PR stunt. All started by a mom in colorado...what a mighty take down she started...BRAVO

1035 days ago
88.

3Storms    

How long until the Kardashians blame Kris Humphries and edit their show to have him in a nazi uniform stepping on Chinese children?

1035 days ago
89.

Elvesse    

TMZ Staff and Harvey Levin: Thanks for a great year! you guys Rock! I love tmz live and all the rest you do! Thanks a million! I'm already getting panic attacks thinking about how you're not going to be on during the holidays. Haha, or I guess BooHoo! Love you guys!

1035 days ago
90.

Reader    

GO AWAY 2012 DISGUSTING FAMILY


boycott little e channel and little ryan seacrest

1035 days ago
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