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In China, American Apparel courts controversy — but not over what you'd expect

In China, American Apparel courts controversy — but not over what you'd expect

American Apparel is no stranger to controversy. The Los Angeles-based clothing company has endured scandals regarding its risque advertisements and allegations of sexual harassment by its founder, Dov Charney.

Now, it has found itself in hot water over a different issue: Chinese sovereignty. 

Tan Qingxia, a popular blogger, said he was shopping at one of American Apparel’s two Beijing branches with his wife on Thursday night when her phone was stolen. Tan returned to the store with a police officer, who asked an employee for the store’s surveillance tape. The employee refused, claiming that because American Apparel is a U.S. company, it could not release the...

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