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Kardashian Scandal

Shoe Company Calls BS

on 'Slave Labor' Reports

12/21/2011 8:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The company behind the Kardashian shoe line is adamant ... there is NO CHILD LABOR taking place in any of its China factories ... claiming it's never even been contacted by the "agency" making the claim.

Robert Shapiro -- the famous lawyer-turned-entrepreneur who owns ShoeDazzle -- tells TMZ ... his team has invested tons of time, energy and money to ensure the factories are operating in good standard.

One of the people who has personally visited the factories is ShoeDazzle COO Deborah Benton .... who tells us "This issue of child labor is of paramount importance to us. We've been very focused on this from the very beginning."

She adds, "Factories are routinely inspected and always pass inspection."

Benton says the company has a full-time employee -- who graduated from UCLA -- who moved his family to China ... with the specific task of checking the factories on a daily basis. Benton says she's never received a report of "slave labor" conditions.

Benton also says the company has not been contacted by the agency that allegedly conducted the investigation -- but says, "I'm more than happy to work with any organization that reaches out to us with a concern."

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16.

LaLaLand    

Somebody in TMZ is definitely on the Kardashian's payroll. Spin all you want, the end is near.

946 days ago
17.

Tac    

If the shoes are made in China they use slave labor. There arent any factories over there that dont. Most of the designers in the US puiied out of China for this reason, but I wouldnt expect the Kardashians to realize this or even really care about it the whole family is dumber than a bag of hammers and as long as they make money theyre happy, and Shapiro gas already proven himself to be a boldface liar in a court of law no less.

946 days ago
18.

Seldombinlaid    

Doesn't matter. Buy AMERICAN. Our own people need jobs. When I'm hiring people, they have to show me I.D. which I keep on file. So my labor is adult Americans, and we buy American, as much as possible. Shoe, are shoes----Buy American. Please, for the love of America.

946 days ago
19.

Throwback kid    

Jusr another reason to boycott the Kardashians, 2012 is not going to be their year

946 days ago
20.

Seldombinlaid    

Put hair on this guy, and you have Klohe.

945 days ago
21.

ShrinkWrap    

When are these hookers 15 minutes going to be up? Someone sanitize their crotches, give them a flea dip, teach them about honesty and child labor laws, fast!

945 days ago
22.

ray    

like we'e supposed to believe that professional liar. lawyers are paid to lie, mislead,and otherwise obscure the truth.

945 days ago
23.

SpitBall    

Yeah, and OJ didn't do it.

945 days ago
24.

Liz    

The issue was not "child labor" it was "SLAVE Labor".

945 days ago
25.

J    

Who would believe anything Robert Sharpio has to say...He has big bucks invested in this company...He is on damage control...Boycott anything Kardashian...They are living off the backs of poor women and children...Stop the abuse...Let retailers know...You carry Kardashian products and you will not shop their stores...

945 days ago
26.

palermo    

Sure sounds like the "brand" is crashing faster than a speeding train. Hopefully 2012 will be Kardashian free.

945 days ago
27.

JaundicedEye    

Oh, please. They sent over one whole UCLA graduate to monitor working conditions? Wow! What is UCLA? Harvard on the San Andreas Fault? Come on... what a crock of sh*t.

Armenians don't give diddly about anything but themselves. It's the way they are raised, just like when that 17 year old was speeding down Blvd in Glendale, killing people in the crosswalk and the family tried to get him back to Armenia through Mexico, but got caught.

They will cover their ass pronto and cover it up. If a "UCLA graduate" with a degree in whatever has moved with his family to China to monitor the factories, their just getting on the plane now.

945 days ago
28.

Skiidiva    

Blatant, damage control lies. Whoever buys this crap, let alone lets their "special snowflake" aka spoiled rotten ho-in-training-daughter buy this crap is a POS.

945 days ago
29.

Oh well    

should be made in America!!!

945 days ago
30.

laura    

so PIMP-MOM is ow doing business with the jerk who got her Best-friend's MURDERER off ?!!! CLASSIC !!

945 days ago
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