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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Deny Former Intern's Allegations

Amy Troost
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

The twins aren't going down without a fight.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have denied the allegations of a former unpaid intern at their clothing line, The Row. The ex-intern claims that during her time at the company from May to September of 2012, she and other interns were forced to work 50-hour weeks without pay or college credit.

The lawsuit, filed against the twins' Dualstar entertainment company earlier this summer, also alleges that interns were forced to do menial tasks such as running errands for paid employees. She is seeking minimum wage plus overtime payment for past and present interns, which is estimated to be roughly 40 persons. 

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The Daily Mail obtained court documents in which the company "denies each and every allegation" put forth by plaintiff's legal team. This response is in line with Dualstar's earlier press release, in which representative Annett Wolf stated, "The allegations in the complaint filed against Dualstar are groundless, and Dualstar will vigorously defend itself against plaintiff’s claims in court, not before the media. Dualstar is confident that once the true facts of this case are revealed, the lawsuit will be dismissed in its entirety." 

The plaintiff is Shahista Lalani, who — according to her Instagram account — is a 25-year-old NYC-based fashion designer, with a collection scheduled to launch in "September 2015." However, as of Sept. 25 no collection has yet been launched. 

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In just one week's time, the Olsens will show The Row's spring 2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week. 

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