It doesn’t look like Kanye West’s name is going to disappear from the news cycles anytime soon. The 45-year-old rapper, who recently lost his billionaire status, has now come under fire from ex-Yeezy employees who allege the father-of-four played pornographic tapes at staff meetings, showed intimate photos of Kim Kardashian in job interviews and… even explicitly played videos of sexual encounters with his ex-wife for team members, as reported by Rolling Stone.
In an open letter from prominent former members of the Yeezy team, they insist that Adidas executives were aware of Kanye West’s “problematic behavior” but “turned off their moral compass” and raised questions about whether Adidas should have intervened years ago be able.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 23, 2022
Ex-employees write open letter to adidas CEO
On Tuesday night, several former Yeezy employees penned an open letter to adidas board members and the new CEO, urging executives to “address the toxic and chaotic environment that Kanye West created.” As well as the “very sick pattern of predatory behavior towards women” who worked under the Yeezy-Adidas partnership.
The letter was obtained solely from Rolling Stone and alleges that Adidas executives were aware of West’s “problematic behavior” but “turned off their moral compass.”
The letter recalls that West told an executive in a sample room at a factory in Qinyuan, China, that the Yeezy prototypes available did not meet his expectations.
“I want you to make me a shoe that I can fuck,” West told the woman.
There was no accountability. Difficult moments happened, with leaders in the room – VP level or higher – and nothing was done. They would still show up for work the next day.
The letter also claims that West “would target women in the room with offensive remarks and would resort to sexually disturbing innuendos when providing design feedback.”
This type of reaction from a brand partner is one that Adidas employees should never be exposed to and Adidas leadership should never tolerate.
According to Rolling Stone, Adidas has responded to their request for comment and issued a brief statement.
[The company] will not discuss private conversations, details or events leading up to it [sic] on our decision to end the partnership with Adidas Yeezy and declined to comment on any speculation in this regard.
Rolling Stone added that West, who had stopped working with his publicist and was dropped by several senior lawyers, could not be reached for comment.
“Kanye is just Kanye”
Ex-Yeezy employees have agreed that they regret accepting the “unwritten rule of Adidas management” that passed off West’s actions as “Kanye is just being Kanye.” The letter, titled “The Truth About Yeezy: A Call to Action for Adidas Leadership,” accused the company of lacking “responsibility, accountability, and protection” for employees who have endured “years of verbal abuse, vulgar tirades, and bullying attacks.” .
Mind games, bullying and explicit pictures and videos of Kim Kardashian according to complaints
The open letter also recalled instances where West belittled certain employees he had publicly praised weeks earlier. A former employee described his behavior as “mind games,” even including an example of West leaving a young designer on the floor during an hour-long meeting.
“You don’t deserve to be at the table,” West told the designer.
No wonder he didn’t want senior executives in the room. He wanted to continue using his power to silently hurt you and threaten your role and existence within the team.
The letter further alleges that Adidas executives appeared to accept West’s display of pornography at staff meetings and discussions. A former executive recalled an incident where two executives warned her about the rapper’s “whole porn referral thing” and that they believed he did it to catch employees off guard.
Another employee recalled that West had played pornographic videos on at least five separate occasions.
He was in a meeting talking to you and he was rattling around on his laptop. And he’s like, ‘I know it’s awkward, but I kind of need that in the background to stay focused.’ And you’d say, ‘Uhhhhh, oh-kay.’
Ex-employees also recalled an instance in which West pulled out his phone to reveal an explicit picture of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian during a 2018 job interview in Chicago.
“My wife just sent me this,” West told the creative.
It was very insightful and personal. I didn’t really react.
The letter also recalled another case later that year in which West allegedly showed explicit video of Kardashian.
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