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Story quoting Kendall Jenner on Bruce Jenner's transition is retracted

Us Weekly editors admit 'concerns about the veracity' of alleged Kendall Jenner interview, take down story

Was it her shame-on-you tweet that did it?

A story quoting Kendall Jenner in a way that appeared to confirm rumors that her dad, Bruce Jenner, is transitioning genders has been retracted and taken down by the outlet that published it Wednesday.

The walk-back came after the 19-year-old accused Us Weekly of "making up quotes" she said she never gave.

In its retraction Thursday, the website attributed the reporting to "an independent freelance journalist" who'd attended the Justin Bieber roast Saturday and allegedly talked to the Kardashian clan's runway model backstage. The story had originally been credited to the Us Weekly staff.

The quote in question read, in part, "He's a wonderful man. And just because he's changing shoes now, so to speak, doesn't make him less wonderful. I will always love my dad, whether he's a man or a woman."

Jenner made her unhappiness known to her 10 million Twitter followers shortly after the story went live.

"[H]ow is it legal for someone to 'quote' someone and publish it if in fact you never said what was quoted," she said, following up a bit later with, "Shame on US Weekly for making up quotes. I NEVER said those things. I never spoke to them."

According to Us, when it contacted the reporter, "He stood by the interview and continues to maintain that the quotes are accurate. However, after attempting to reconfirm his account, editors of Us have concerns about the veracity of this interview and the circumstances under which it was obtained."

In addition to taking down the story, Us offered Jenner and her family an apology.

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