German sports activities attire firm Adidas has launched an investigation into allegations that rapper Kanye West bullied staff and compelled them to observe pornography throughout his now-dissolved sneaker partnership with the enterprise.
Adidas stated it launched the probe after receiving an nameless letter in regards to the allegations in opposition to West, who has legally modified his identify to Ye and previously had a profitable partnership with the corporate to promote his Yeezy sneaker model.
“It’s at present not clear whether or not the accusations made in an nameless letter are true,” a spokesperson for the corporate stated. “Nonetheless, we take these allegations very significantly and have taken the choice to launch an impartial investigation of the matter instantly to handle the allegations.”
Rolling Stone journal first reported the small print in regards to the letter, which was written by former Yeezy crew members who’ve stored their names nameless.
The letter alleges Ye pressured staff who labored on the Yeezy crew to observe porn movies, have a look at sexually express pictures of his spouse Kim Kardashian (who has filed for divorce) and even view Ye’s personal intercourse tapes.
Ye additionally belittled and intimidated staff with aggressive conduct, usually focusing on girls, in keeping with Rolling Stone. Yeezy crew members accuse Adidas management of being conscious of Ye’s “problematic conduct” however not stepping in to curb it.
The letter outlining the allegations was despatched to Adidas management on Tuesday evening.
Adidas reduce ties with Ye after the rapper made a spherical of antisemitic feedback final month. Ye misplaced his billionaire standing after Adidas axed the partnership.
An Adidas spokesperson on Thursday reiterated the corporate “doesn’t tolerate hate speech and offensive conduct.”
“We now have been and proceed to be actively engaged in conversations with our staff in regards to the occasions that result in our choice to finish the partnership,” the spokesperson stated in a press release. “They’ve our full help and as we’re working by way of the small print of the termination.”