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Khloe Kardashian Hits Back at Scam Allegations Against Lamar Odom’s Charity

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By Shari Weiss

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Khloe Kardashian is standing by her man and fighting back at allegations of misconduct by Lamar Odom’s charity, Cathy’s Kids.

On Sunday, ESPN accused the Clippers player — and Kardashian — of improperly using funds raised by the organization, and failing to give money to cancer causes as promised in its mission statement.

The charity was started in 2004 and named after Odom’s mom, who died from stomach cancer, but the sports network claims it was more than $250,000 in debt as of 2011.

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More than half of its cash, ESPN claims, went to funding two “elite” youth basketball teams, in addition to paying an annual salary to Odom’s high school coach for being the organization’s “secretary.”

Among ESPN’s other claims, part of a larger story on athletes’ charity shortcomings, is that the couple promised that money raised from auctioning their own personal items through eBay would go to cancer causes, and that Kardashian also solicited donations on her blog under the same guise.

But Kardashian says on her blog that the story amounts to nothing more than an attack on her husband, writing Tuesday night, “It is unfortunate that my husband has been the target of an attack on athletes’ charities, although he has personally contributed approximately $2.2 million to his foundation, Cathy’s Kids, to fulfill its charitable purposes that include helping underprivileged inner-city youth.”

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“All of the funds donated by Lamar and the other contributions to Cathy’s Kids were used for one of the foundation’s intended charitable purposes. Not one penny went to help Lamar personally or any member of his family,” says the reality star. “No charitable funds were misused, and the IRS has repeatedly given Cathy’s Kids a clean bill of health, confirming that there were no improprieties.”

Kardashian writes, “Cathy’s Kids was formed with several purposes in mind, including benefitting underprivileged youth and cancer research.  A decision was ultimately made that the charity should focus on one of those purposes — to help enrich the lives of underprivileged inner-city youth.  It accomplished that goal.”

Check out Kardashian’s FULL statement below, and tell us what you think.

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KHLOE KARDASHIAN BLOG STATEMENT

It is unfortunate that my husband has been the target of an attack on athletes’ charities, although he has personally contributed approximately $2.2 million to his foundation, Cathy’s Kids, to fulfill its charitable purposes that include helping underprivileged inner-city youth.

The millions of dollars personally contributed by Lamar constituted more than 90% of the money raised by the foundation. All of the funds donated by Lamar and the other contributions to Cathy’s Kids were used for one of the foundation’s intended charitable purposes. Not one penny went to help Lamar personally or any member of his family. No charitable funds were misused, and the IRS has repeatedly given Cathy’s Kids a clean bill of health, confirming that there were no improprieties.

Cathy’s Kids was formed with several purposes in mind, including benefitting underprivileged youth and cancer research. A decision was ultimately made that the charity should focus on one of those purposes — to help enrich the lives of underprivileged inner-city youth. It accomplished that goal. Cathy’s Kids helped fund multiple AAU basketball teams providing underprivileged youth with opportunities enriching their lives, providing financial support for coaching and travel to tournaments, helping inner-city youth on a path toward success and leading many participants to go on to college.

 


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