Puffery for Puff Daddy

Dan Klores Communications, a PR firm that specializes in "crisis communications" for clients embroiled in scandals, is representing Sean ("P. Diddy") Combs, the artist formerly known as "Puff Daddy," as he faces criticism for the use of sweatshop labor to manufacture his clothing line. "The National Labor Committee, the organization which targeted Kathy Lee Gifford with similar charges eight years ago, this week released a report detailing forced overtime without pay, mandatory pregnancy tests and other 'systematic human and worker rights violations' at a factory which producesarticles for Combs' 'Sean John' line," reports O'Dwyer's PR Daily. Combs has been a long-time client of Klores, which encouraged him to carry a Bible to court during his 2001 trial for illegal gun possession in connection with a nightclub shooting. The PR firm has also represented Combs at other embarrassing moments such as his 2002 legal battle with an ex-girlfriend over child support for their infant son. Other Klores clients have included Britney Spears, Mike Tyson and Lizzie Grubman.