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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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106.

Imejia    

Where are Bruce's kids in the Christmas 3D card? In the early days, Bruce's kids were always
included. Poor Bruce (no Christmas balls), since kris calls all the shots.

953 days ago
107.

dolphin    

Why does Khloe show her legs? check out the pic of just her legs and shoes and the next one of her whole ugly self. Does this girl have a mirror? Cover yourself up, exercise and put the fork away.

wouldn't surprise me one bit if this family is using child labor. And by the way Trashians, how about keeping jobs in THIS country? Or is Armenia your true "home"

953 days ago
108.

chow    

just that they outsource is enough to make me sick

953 days ago
109.

purejuice    

kris jenner's word is worthless.

953 days ago
110.

Jack Peter    

Time for Kris to change the story with a naked video of her younger daughters....its the family business, if I was Armenian I would be pro-genocide on this useless bunch.

953 days ago
111.

Pat JACKSON    

Why did Jonathan say he didn't support Michaei Bulble?

953 days ago
112.

Dooky    

whatever, I still won'*****ch any FRAUDashian show

953 days ago
113.

buzz kill    

Since slavery in America was outlawed, The slave owner type (master) and their overseeres (mercenaries) have taken our (American) jobs and found slave labor elsewhere (China). I guess you can't have a job in America unless you are willing to work for slave wages. Your wages will be whats left after you pay ALL your taxes. That fat paycheck also becomes worthless due to massive inflation.

953 days ago
114.

patches    

I would love just once for the truth to come out and this family to be exposed for the liars they are and that they have no talent....

953 days ago
115.

oc    

WHY CAN THE Kardasian FADE & GO AWAY. I LOVE TMZ, THEY DO TO MUCH SHOWS ABOUT THE Kardasian.

952 days ago
116.

Linda    

the kardashians and kris j parade around wearing their red bottom shoes,birkin handbags and driving their range rovers and bentleys while making millions and then want american people to buy their cheap clothes and handbags carrying their brand. wake up america and give them back their sh*t.

952 days ago
117.

Pat JACKSON    

Why did Jonathan add Michael Bluble when he was talking about the Kardashian's?

952 days ago
118.

keith56    

these people dont have anyting to do with there clothing line they just lend ther name out and make money can yousee tese bimbos doing anything worthwhile in life they dont have the brains for anything

952 days ago
119.

Sharon    

Thank you for keeping the jobs in the US. They should get paid in Yen only useable in China. Then people wonder why the US is in such bad shape. They should walk by some starving US families and tell them why they choose to have there clothes made in China. I have no respect for this family and others that constantly screw the US to make more money.

951 days ago
120.

simona    

if they care SOOOOO much about what happens in china, then why not try to prove that theyre innocent? all they want is money and theyll stop at NOTHING to get what they want, even if that's abusing innocent children in china that already suffer from an abusive government and sometimes even family. watching thier shows is one thing, ENDORSING this s*** by buying thier s*** is an ENTIRELY different matter. and i wouldn't be caught DEAD watching thier wannabe shows anyway

951 days ago
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