December 22nd, 2011
11:38 AM ET
As some are trying to boycott Kim Kardashian, a separate report claims Kim and the rest of her famous family are involved in a sweatshop and child labor scandal.
Star magazine has claimed that a human rights watchdog group has opened an investigation into the manufacturing process of some of the family's products, quoting the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, Charles Kernaghan, who claimed that the Kardashians "are in bed with some pretty bad people."
The report goes on to allege that the family is gaining profits from products that are made in overseas factories where "workers are subject to inhumane conditions."
A rep for the Kardashian family tells CNN that “They take this situation very seriously and have been assured by all of their manufacturers that the factories are policed regularly and there is no truth to these allegations. 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.”
Kernaghan has told TMZ that his quotes were taken out of context.
According to the site, Kernaghan claims he told Star magazine "it was a wise idea to wait" to run the story, and that his comments, he says, were in reference to factories located in a general region in China.
Additionally, Kernaghan tells TMZ that he has "no proof" that the specific locations the Kardashians employ violate human rights.
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