Allegations of sexual and physical abuse at one of the athletic clothing company Fabletics’ factories has led to it shutting down and halting production.
At least 38 employees of Hippo Knitting -the main manufacturer for Fabletics- have come forward to allege mistreatment.
Hippo Knitting is based in Taiwan but the factory in question is in the southern African country Lesotho and is said to the main supply factory for Fabletics.
The assaults were exposed in a shocking report published by Time Magazine, which detailed the abuse female employees suffered during routine daily searches.
At least thirteen women said “their underwear and vulvas are often exposed” during the daily searches by supervisors.
Other abuse claims include a female worker being forced to urinate herself because she was denied bathroom breaks and workers being forced to crawl on the floor as punishment.
According to Daily Mail, numerous celebrities have worked with the brand that was co-founded by Kate Hudson in 2013.
Some of the celebrities that have been associated with the “athleisure” brand include Kevin Hart, Madelaine Petsch, Southern Charm’s Cameran Eubanks, and singer Demi Lovato.
Time magazine reports Kate Hudson said she had no knowledge of the abuse, which has allegedly been happening for years. According to a representative for her, Fabletics had told her “they maintain the highest ethical and social standards in their factories.”
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