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16 of the biggest Kardashian family scandals

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Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, and Kourtney Kardashian. Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment / Getty Images

Kim Kardashian's first major scandal came about when her sex tape with her ex-boyfriend Ray J was leaked.

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Ray J and Kim Kardashian in 2006. John Shearer/WireImage/Getty Images

Before "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" premiered in 2007, Kim Kardashian was mainly known for her friendship with socialite and heiress Paris Hilton. However, Kardashian was soon thrust into the spotlight when a private sex tape she made with her then-boyfriend, rapper Ray J, was made public.

She addressed it in the very first episode of the reality show, saying she made the tape because she was "horny and [she] felt like it."

Ahead of the show's series finale in 2021, Kardashian spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the tape and dismissed the idea that the scandal was the reason the family was given the show in the first place. However, she did explain how the show allowed her to work through the controversy and tell her side of the story.

"I do think that, obviously, as producers, I'm sure they loved it. And loved [us] wanting to talk about the elephant in the room. And I probably wouldn't have, unless it was for the show," she said. "In a way, filming has helped us deal with things, instead of sweeping them under the rug. At the end of the day, I was always open and honest and wanted to share whatever I was going through. I wasn't gonna hold back."

After her 72-day marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries, there was speculation the wedding was all part of a scheme.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries kiss.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Kardashian and Humphries were married on August 20, 2011. Prior to becoming engaged, the couple had only been dating for seven months. Humphries' proposal to Kardashian was featured on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," as well as their lavish wedding.

However, just 72 days after the couple tied the knot, Kardashian filed for divorce. Multiple tabloids accused the marriage of being a "sham" for money and publicity after court documents obtained by The Daily Mail from the pair's divorce revealed that Kardashian was paid $1.1 million for People's access to exclusive engagement photos, $90,000 for having her bachelorette party at Tao in Las Vegas, and $1 million for airing the wedding on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

However, Kardashian disputed the rumors and said she didn't realize her marriage was doomed until she and Humphries were on their honeymoon together.

For his part, Humphries said the relationship "was 100% real."

"I was definitely naive about how much my life was going to change," he wrote in an essay for The Players' Tribune in 2019. "But the one thing that really bothers me is whenever people say that my marriage was fake."

When KKW Beauty launched in 2017, Kardashian was accused of darkening her skin tone in a promotional image.

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Kim Kardashian's controversial KKW Beauty ad. Kevin Winter/Getty Images and Kim Kardashian/Twitter

When the star shared the promotional images for her beauty brand's contour kits in June 2017, she faced swift backlash, with some social media users accusing her of darkening her skin tone. Some even accused Kardashian of wearing blackface.

"I would obviously never want to offend anyone. I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off," she told The New York Times later that month.

"Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely, I have learned from it," she added.

She later spoke about the photos on an episode of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."

"Oh my gosh, I'm seeing these photos from the campaign, the ones that we took, and people online are saying that I'm doing blackface, but I would never in a million years be disrespectful and do that," she said.

In June 2019, Kardashian was accused of cultural appropriation when she initially named her shapewear line Kimono.

Kim Kardashian with a Skims sign.
Kim Kardashian. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Nordstrom

As Kardashian was preparing to launch her new shapewear line in 2019, she announced the name of the new brand: Kimono, which was a play on the star's name. Yet Kimono and Kardashian were accused of cultural appropriation and insensitivity towards the significance of kimonos in Japanese culture.

The mayor of Kyoto, Daisaku Kadokawa, even penned an open letter to Kardashian asking her to not use the name.

Kardashian later addressed the controversy in an interview with WSJ Magazine.

"You would think we would have obviously thought it through a little bit deeper," she said in July 2019. "I'm the first person to say, OK, of course, I can't believe we didn't think of this. I obviously had really innocent intentions. But, let's listen. And I want to really listen. And I want to really take it all in. I do love Japan. My husband was in Japan when all of this was happening. It's a place that we love and go to. I have such respect."

In August 2019, Kardashian launched her shapewear line under the new name Skims.

Khloé Kardashian was criticized for creating a video series about home organization called "Khlo-C-D."

Khloé Kardashian inside her pantry.
Khloé Kardashian. Khloe Kardashian/YouTube

In 2018, Kardashian drew ire for titling her home-organization series on YouTube "Khlo-C-D," a reference to the mental health disorder OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, which affects 2.2 million adults in the US. Cosmopolitan reported that she started using the term in videos dating back to 2015.

Fans reached out to the reality star urging her to change the series' name. It's unclear whether Kardashian actually has OCD.

"Please reconsider this title. It's harmful to those of us who live with OCD every day," one fan commented. "OCD is one of the top 10 most debilitating illnesses. You have a huge talent for organizing. You do beautiful work. But, that's not OCD. You have a huge platform. Use it to bring awareness."

Kardashian does not appear to have apologized for the use of the term, but she has stopped posting the "Khlo-C-D" videos to YouTube.

She was accused of perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards when she attempted to remove an "unauthorized" photo of herself from the internet.

Khloe Kardashian.
Khloé Kardashian. Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

Often called one of the more "relatable" Kardashians, Khloé was in the news earlier this year after her team attempted to wipe an "unflattering" photo from the internet after it was accidentally posted by an assistant. The image, which showed Kardashian in a bathing suit next to a pool, was reportedly removed from websites including Twitter and Reddit after her team threatened legal action.

Afterwards, she was accused of perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards and misleading fans about what her body looks like. One commenter even said she was "if insecurity was a person."

In an April 2021 Instagram post, Kardashian defended removing the photo and spoke about her body-image issues, writing, "As someone who has struggled with body image her whole life, when someone takes a photo of you that isn't flattering in bad lighting or doesn't capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point — and then shares it to the world — you should have every right to ask for it to not be shared — regardless of who you are."

Tristan Thompson was first publicly accused of cheating on girlfriend Khloé Kardashian in 2018.

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Tristan Thompson and Khloé Kardashian. Hollywood To You/Star Max / Getty Images

The news broke just days before Khloé was due to give birth to their daughter, True, now 3. The Daily Mail reported that Thompson had been seen kissing an unidentified woman at PH-D Lounge in New York City on Saturday, April 7.

Page Six later reported that the two spent four hours together at a nearby hotel, while Kardashian was in Cleveland preparing to give birth. While the news was breaking, Thompson returned home to be with Kardashian in the delivery room, which was shown on an episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

Despite the scandal, less than a month after True's birth the couple was spotted together in Cleveland, confirming that they were attempting to salvage their relationship.

The couple landed in the spotlight again in February 2019 when reports said Thompson had cheated on Kardashian with close family friend Jordyn Woods.

Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods at a fashion show.
Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods. Michael Stewart/WireImage/Getty

Woods, who was notably best friends with Kardashian's sister Kylie Jenner, was reportedly with Thompson at a house party. Anonymous attendees at the party later told TMZ that Thompson and Woods "were all over each other" and "making out."

Woods later addressed the scandal on Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk," saying, "On the way out, he did kiss me. No passion ... no tongue kiss, no making out, no nothing. I was in shock. I was like, 'Let me just pretend that didn't happen.'"

She added that she's "no home-wrecker." "I would never try to hurt someone's home, especially someone that I love," she said.

The drama was addressed on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

"[Tristan] already knew what was up and there was nothing else he could do but confirm it," Khloe said during a confessional. "And I got my questions answered. I was getting more details — that everyone left and Jordyn still stayed. That she was sitting on his lap in a chair, they were all over each other, they were handsy, they made out. It's disgusting."

Kardashian and Thompson appeared to reconcile while spending time together in quarantine in 2020, and in February 2021, Kardashian wrote on Instagram, ""I have no ill feelings towards ANYONE!!!!"

Yet another cheating accusation surfaced in 2021.

Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian hug in an Instagram photo.
Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian. Khloe Kardashian/Instagram

As reported by Page Six in April, model Sydney Chase told the "No Jumper" podcast she and Thompson had sex.

She said "we hung out multiple times, we went out together, everything" in January after Thompson told her he was single.

TMZ then reported in May that a cease-and-desist letter sent from Thompson's attorney to Chase read, in part, "Mr. Thompson had no relationship with you whatsoever and he never sent you any such texts," and also threatened to sue.

In turn, Chase hired Gloria Allred as her lawyer, who said in a statement to Page Six in June, "Our client, Sydney Chase, is outraged at what she regards as false statements that have been made about her in the media by Tristan Thompson's representatives."

Meanwhile, Kardashian and Thompson continue to appear together on social media and rumors continue to swirl that the couple may even be engaged.

Rob Kardashian and his former fiancée, Blac Chyna, had a messy breakup. Chyna accused the famous family of plotting to get their show, "Rob & Chyna," canceled.

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna on a red carpet.
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna in 2016. Greg Doherty/Getty Images

The couple started dating in January 2016, announced their engagement that April, and shared the news in May that they were expecting their first child together.

Shortly after, they landed their own reality show, "Rob & Chyna," but the couple later split and the show was canceled after one season. Chyna claimed in a defamation lawsuit that it was the Kardashian family's decision to end the show.

She also alleged in the suit — which was filed in 2017 but goes to trial later this year — that she was the victim of assault, battery, domestic violence, and interference with prospective economic relations. Kardashian has denied assaulting her.

After the couple split for good in 2017, Rob Kardashian also posted revenge pornography of Chyna, whose given name is Angela Renée White, leading to his ban from Instagram. Since then, his Instagram account has been exclusively run by Kris Jenner Communications.

Kylie Jenner lied at first about getting lip filler, but she eventually admitted to it.

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Kylie Jenner in 2015. Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

In 2015, rumors swirled around whether then-17-year-old Kylie Jenner had gotten lip fillers, but the reality star always claimed her plump limps were the result of overlining and makeup tricks.

However, in an interview during filming of "KUWTK" in 2015, Jenner admitted to getting "temporary lip fillers."

"It's just an insecurity of mine and it's what I wanted to do," she said, according to ABC News.

In the same episode, Khloe Kardashian said, "Kylie decided to plump her lips and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I think if you've done something though, it is right to cop up to it."

Jenner has since built a multi-million dollar beauty company, launching her wildly successful Kylie Lip Kit in 2015. Kylie Cosmetics expanded rapidly and now includes a wide range of products.

In 2017, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner were criticized for selling shirts showing their faces and copyrighted images of Tupac and Biggie Smalls.

Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner.
Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner. Christopher Polk/NBC /Getty Images

On June 29, 2017, Kylie and Kendall released a new line of "vintage" T-shirts for their brand Kendall + Kylie. The distressed, faded shirts featured superimposed images of the sisters' faces over famous musicians including Tupac, The Doors, Biggie Smalls, and Ozzy Ozbourne.

The shirts retailed for $125, but the high price tag was the least of everyone's concerns. Some social media users claimed that the reality stars were co-opting musicians' images and that the shirts were "disrespectful," especially to the artists who are now deceased.

The shirts were removed from the Kendall + Kylie website the same day they were released.

Photographer Michael Miller, who took the image of Tupac that appeared on one of the shirts, later sued Kendall and Kylie Jenner, accusing them of using the image without his permission.

According to Rolling Stone, Miller alleged that the Jenners "misappropriated and wrongfully exploited" the photos and "intended to exploit his photography."

The sisters disputed the allegations and said they had received permission to use the photos. The suit was dropped in 2018 but no details about a settlement were released.

The Jenners also received cease and desist orders from The Doors' estate, Notorious B.I.G.'s mother, and Sharon Osbourne, according to The Washington Post.

Kylie Jenner was also criticized for including a walnut face scrub in her skincare line, which many dermatologists warn against using.

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Kylie Jenner showcasing her new walnut face scrub from Kylie Skin. Kylie Jenner/YouTube

Kylie Jenner released her walnut face scrub in May 2019 and said in a video that it could be used "every day."

She added, "It's gentle enough to use every day, I recommend two or three times a week. That's how much I use it.

"Some walnut face scrubs are kind of harsh on the skin. This isn't too abrasive and it really leaves my skin feeling super baby soft. […] My walnut face scrub is my secret to a fresh face."

However, dermatologists were quick to point out that the "fine walnut powder" found in the scrub is likely too abrasive to be used on delicate face skin and criticized the product as harmful.

"Physical scrubs can cause micro trauma to the skin, especially if overused," dermatologist Kathleen Suozzi told Insider.

The product is still available to buy.

Forbes reported that Kylie Jenner was a billionaire, before walking back that claim and saying she had overblown the size of her company.

Kylie Jenner and Stormi.
Kylie Jenner. Pierre Suu/GC Images

In 2019, Jenner was named Forbes' youngest-ever self-made billionaire. However, her net worth was later amended by Forbes, who removed her from its billionaires' list earlier this year, saying Jenner had been "inflating the size and success of her business. For years."

According to Forbes, the company turned over less revenue than representatives for the Kardashians claimed it did. In reality, it said, Jenner's net worth at the time was likely "just under $900 million," but it has since fallen to around $700 million.

Kendall Jenner landed in hot water after appearing in a Pepsi Super Bowl ad that was perceived as "tone-deaf."

Kendall Jenner with police in a Pepsi ad.
Kendall Jenner in a Pepsi ad. PepsiCo

In 2017, Jenner was involved in a scandal surrounding a commercial she acted in for Pepsi. In the commercial, Jenner was seen handing a police officer a can of Pepsi in a gesture seemingly meant to dispel a protest. The advertisement was accused of trivializing the Black Lives Matter movement and being "tone-deaf."

"Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace, and understanding. Clearly, we missed the mark and apologize," the company said in a statement, according to the New York Times. "We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are pulling the content and halting any further rollout."

Jenner addressed the controversy on an episode of "KUWTK."

In a tearful apology, Jenner said, "I trusted everyone. I trusted the teams. But after I saw the reaction and I read what people had to say about it, I most definitely saw what went wrong. I was so stuck, and I really didn't know what to do, that I completely shut down."

"I just feel really, really bad. Like, I feel really bad that anyone was ever offended. I feel really bad that this was taken such a wrong way," Jenner later told her older sister Kim Kardashian, according to the Washington Post.

She was also accused of cultural appropriation after launching her 818 Tequila brand.

Kendall Jenner in the 818 Tequila ad.
Kendall Jenner in the 818 Tequila ad. drink818/Instagram

Kendall Jenner announced the launch of the tequila brand in February 2021 and promptly faced mixed reactions to the brand. Some called it culturally appropriative and exploitative of Mexican farmers. Others, however, defended the reality star and called into question why male celebrities have not faced the same level of backlash for starting their own tequila brands.

The criticism reached an all-time high, however, when Jenner released an advertisement and campaign images for the brand's launch. In the ad, the 25-year-old could be seen riding a horse through an agave field wearing jeans, an open button-up shirt, a flat-brimmed cowboy hat, and her hair in two braids. The advertisement also featured shots of employees and Jenner enjoying a drink with them.

One Twitter user called the look "migrant worker chic" and "tone-deaf," while another commented, "Listen to us Mexicans when we tell you that this is wrong. [It] is our culture and we don't want a white woman profiting from our culture."

However, one user was quick to point out that Jenner frequently wears outfits similar to the one she wore in the video.

Kendall Jenner nor her representatives have publicly responded to the criticism.

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