Khloe Kardashian Under Fire After TSA "Rape" Comment

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    Khloe Kardashian is taking heat over her anti-TSA comments.

    Khloe Kardashian has come under fire from a number of women's advocates after comparing the TSA's new screening procedures to "rape," during an appearance on "Lopez Tonight."

    On Monday's "Lopez Tonight," George Lopez asked Khloe about her experiences with the new airport screening processes, when the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star made the comment.

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    "How is it now with the TSA?" Lopez asked.

    "They basically are just raping you in public," the reality star said. "I got asked the other day, 'Do you want to go for a screening or get patted down?' I don't want that X-Ray to see everything, honey."

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    Attorney Gloria Allred, who is known for defending victim's rights, told RadarOnline that Kardashian's comments could be hurtful to real rape victims.

    "I believe that the word should not be used loosely to describe security measures at airports or at any other place," Allred told Radar. "I think that many victims of sexual assault who have been the true victims of men who committed that violent crime against them and who have been forced to suffer the physical and emotional harm that results from that crime would be insulted that the term would be used in the way that Ms. Kardashian used it."

    A community education coordinator for the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center – Jazmin Robles — told the website that Kardashian's comments were troublesome.

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    "It blurs the issue as to what it actually constitutes," she said. "Maybe Khloe Kardashian is not educated enough on this subject to be talking about it in the context of airport security."

    During her appearance on "Lopez Tonight," Kardashian went on to tell Lopez she found TSA screeners to be "aggressive."

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    "The people are so aggressive. It's like, 'Chill out, you didn't find anything on me yet, like, calm down,'" she said.

    The reality star, and wife of Laker Lamar Odom, said one TSA screener caused her emotional grief.

    "She's like, 'OK, I'm going to pat you down and I'm going to be touching — they say, 'The crease of your ass, everything,'" Kardashian recounted. "Like that is so inappropriate to me and they are so aggressive and forceful."

    Kardashian isn't the first star to come under fire for making a rape comparison. "The Twilight Saga's" Kristen Stewart apologized back in June after she compared paparazzi photos of herself to rape in an interview with British ELLE.

    "I really made an enormous mistake – clearly and obviously. And I'm really sorry about my choice of words," Stewart previously told People.

    "'Violated' definitely would have been a better way of expressing the thought," she added.

    A rep for Khloe Kardashian did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the women's advocates' comments when contacted Wednesday by Access Hollywood.

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