Khloe Kardashian says she will no longer support PETA, for whom she posed nude in 2008, and has accused the animal rights group of lying by denying a link to her sister Kim's flour-bombing debacle.
Kim Kardashian recently said she was considering pressing charges over the Thursday incident. An unidentified woman threw a bag of flour all over her as she walked the red carpet at a promotional event for the E! reality star's new fragrance. The reality star suffered no physical injuries. Police apprehended the woman, said to be an animal activist, and then released her on the scene.
"I just received word that the woman responsible has very close ties to PETA, despite PETA publicly stating otherwise," Khloe Kardashian said on her official website on Monday, March 26. "Not only has PETA lied to the public, but they have proved that they support this kind of behavior. I've been a vocal supporter of PETA for a long time but I have also been very vocal about anti-bullying, so this was a huge disappointment for me."
Khloe Kardashian posed naked for PETA for an anti-fur campaign in 2008. She said in her statement on Monday: "I will still continue to NOT wear fur, but I will no longer support PETA. Bullying and harassment is NEVER a solution, and I won't be a part of any organization that thinks otherwise."
PETA's senior vice president, Lisa Lange, told Celebuzz.com, which hosts the Kardashian family's websites: "We appreciate that Khloe will remain on the animals' side by not wearing fur - that's what counts."
"If one of our volunteers is responsible, it doesn't alter the fact that no animal deserves to be electrocuted, shot, or poisoned for a bit of fur clothing. Khloe is just defending her sister, and we know she has a good heart, so we wish her well. We just wish she also had more influence on her sister."
PETA had said on its website following Thursday's incident: "While we weren't behind the flour delivery, we applaud the animal advocates who were."
Animal activists, including unpaid volunteers for known groups, have in the past thrown substances such as flour, paint and glitter at models or celebrities wearing fur. Kim Kardashian did not appear to be wearing any at Thursday's event but has in the past. PETA has criticized her repeatedly for it and even launched a billboard campaign against her in 2011.
Before the reality star's much-hyped celebrity wedding to basketball player Kris Humphries, which famously ended after 72 days, the group said it sent her a wedding present - a "luxurious faux fur throw donated by Donna Salyers' Fabulous-Furs."