Kristin Davis, who starred in the long-running HBO hit drama Sex and the City, is reportedly the subject of a controversy involving her association with an Israeli cosmetics company whose headquarters are situated in the West Bank.
According to a report in Thursday's New York Post, Davis - who portrayed the character Charlotte on the successful cable comedy - will no longer serve as a spokeswoman for Oxfam International because the human rights group objects to her endorsement deal with Ahava, a popular cosmetics firm that operates out of the Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Shalem.
Oxfam says Davis' arrangement with Ahava is problematic due to the fact that Mitzpe Shalem is "disputed" territory, according to the New York Post report.
"This has been a huge thing," a source told the Post. "Ahava has factories on disputed land. From Ahava's perspective, they are not doing anything wrong. From an Oxfam perspective, Ahava is a polarizing company and Kristin shouldn't be involved with it."
"[Davis] has been very active with both Oxfam and Ahava, and is very passionate about the causes of Oxfam," the source told the Post. "She was completely unaware of this conflict of interest and is saddened to be on public pause from a group she has devoted so much time, money, and support to."
In response, Oxfam told the Post: "Kristin Davis has done great work for Oxfam and we highly value her commitment as a supporter . . . Oxfam remains opposed to settlement trade, in which Ahava is engaged. Both Kristin and Oxfam do not want this issue to detract from the great work we have done in the past and plan to do in the future."
A spokeswoman for Davis told the Post that the actress still intends to continue her work with Oxfam "for years to come."
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