The Kardashians are vehemently denying allegations from Star magazine that many of the products in the family’s fashion empire are made in Chinese sweatshops.
Kardashian spokeswoman Jill Fritzo tells the New York Daily News that the Star story is “100% not true. They [the Kardashians] absolutely have no knowledge of this and would never condone this.”
The controversy emerged Wednesday (Dec. 21) when Star reported that numerous items featuring the Kardashian brand or products the family endorses were “manufactured in foreign sweatshops, where workers, some as young as sixteen years old, are abused and virtually imprisoned.”
The publication states the manufacturing facilities are “squalid factory-run dormitories filled with the stench of sewage” and employees may work as many as 12 hour days, seven days a week. It adds that workers at the factory earn just $1 an hour.
“The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people,” says Charles Kernaghan, executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. “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.”
The brands in question by the human rights organization are K-Dash, the Kris Jenner Kollection and ShoeDazzle.
Kris Jenner tells TMZ that she hasn’t visited the China factories, but believes that “nothing terrible [is] going on at all.”
Star magazine had no addition comment on the Kardashian rebuttal.