The Kardashians have denied Star Magazine’s report that some products sold by the reality TV family are made in sweatshops.
The article, published on Radar.com, claims items from the K-Dash by Kardashian label and the Kris Jenner Kollection, both sold on QVC as well as ShoeDazzle, a company Kim Kardashian endorses, were manufactured in Chinese sweatshops by workers subjected “to inhumane conditions.” The tabloid said the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights launched the investigation into these companies.
A spokeswoman for the Kardashians said there is “no truth to these allegations.”
“They take this situation very seriously and have been assured by all of their manufacturers that the factories are policed regularly,” Jill Fritzo, the Kardashians’ rep, told Celebritology. “That said, we are continuing to investigate the matter and if there is any evidence of an illegal operation then they will cease work with that manufacturer immediately.”
Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights, told Star, “The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people.” He later told TMZ Live his group is “very suspicious” the factories manufacturing these products mistreat workers. But Kernaghan also said Star ran its article before his group had time to fully investigate the claims.
ShoeDazzle has not responded to a request for a comment. The company’s COO, Deborah Benton, told TMZ that ShoeDazzle’s “factories are routinely inspected and always pass inspection.”