Kanye West’s former business manager has filed a $4.5million lawsuit against the troubled rapper.
Thomas St. John, head of the TSJ international accounting firm, accused West of refusing to pay 18-months’ worth of fees after St. John was brought on as his business manager in March, The Blast reports.
St. John claimed that when he confronted West about the $300,000-per-month retainer fee, the rapper grew ‘heated and aggressive’ and began cursing at him.
The lawsuit states: ‘He screamed at Mr. St. John and made clear he no longer wanted to work with (St. John.)
‘When confronted by the 18-month commitment that had just been made, Mr. West stated words to the effect of ‘The 18-month term was bulls***’ and ‘You’re insane for even thinking I would stick to it.”
The new lawsuit also spells trouble for West as his lawyers at the Greenberg Traurig, one of the largest legal firms in the world, said they would be cutting ties with him.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, St. John secured an 18-month contract with West as ‘assurance that Defendants would not simply walk away from the business relationship.’
But the accountant claims West did just that after only paying fees for the first three months of service.
The lawsuit states that West has an unpaid balance of $900,000 as of October, and will owe an additional $3.6 million by November 2023, when the 18-month contract was set to expire.
TSJ noted that it was initially excited to work with the rapper and had to turn down two other potential clients to work with Yeezy.
TSJ did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment
The breakdown in business comes as West’s empire continues to crumble over his anti-Semitic behavior, with Greenberg set to drop the rapper as their client, the Financial Times reports.
‘We are taking steps in response to the reported remarks in accordance with ethical obligations and court rules,’ the Florida-based firm, which was founded by three Jewish men, said in a statement. ‘We condemn anti-Semitism and all hate speech or bigotry, which is repugnant to the core values we believe in and live.’
Greenberg lawyers are currently defending West and his businesses in a civil suit brought by Ultra International Music Publishing in New York and in a federal suit by California performers hired to work on his 2019 Nebuchadnezzar opera.
In the New York suit, the publishing company claims that West’s ‘Flowers’ track on his 2022 album Donda 2, infringes on their copyright by sampling a song written by Marshall Jefferson in 1986.
In the California case, the performers alleged that they were not paid minimum wage or overtime, nor given adequate breaks, when working on the opera in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.
The future of West’s Donda Academy remains unclear after parents at the exclusive Christian school received an email near midnight on Wednesday explaining that the school would be ‘returning with a vengeance.’
It was a hard U-turn from a message they received just hours earlier from school administrators.
On Wednesday, Academy Principal Jason Angell sent an email to parents explaining that West, 45, had decided to close the school ‘effective immediately,’ with classes being cancelled as of Thursday.
But an internal email from ‘Parents of Donda’ obtained by TMZ told a much different story.
‘Join us tomorrow morning in worship for the return of Donda Academy,’ the email read. With the help of our parents and community, we are back and returning with a vengeance!’
‘The children of Donda are going to change the world,’ the message added.’ Apologies for the late email! See you bright and early!’
It is unclear whether the school itself is reopening in an official capacity, or whether parents and staff are taking it upon themselves to continue educating their children.
Teachers have reportedly quit their positions at the school as they distance themselves from the troubled rapper.
Donda Academy’s closure and sudden reopening come just two months after it started up in August. The school did not respond to DailyMail.com requests for comment.
The exclusive pre-K through 12 school – named after West’s mother, Donda – is located in a secret location in the Simi Valley just north of Los Angeles, and charges $15,000 per student. About half the student body receives financial aid and scholarships, according to The Post.
The school enrolls about 100 students and employees 16 teachers. Parents sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep the school’s location secret and to say nothing about it.
There are reportedly a number of celebrities’ children in attendance – including R&B singer Keyshia Cole’s son Daniel – and the school is well known for its high-powered basketball team. Rising star Robert Dillingham, 17, plays for the school, and NBA players like Celtics player Jaylen Brown have made appearances at the school.
Yesterday, the rapper was embarrassingly escorted out of Skechers headquarters after showing up unannounced to pitch his Yeezy brand a day after being dropped by Adidas and having his songs banned by Peloton.
Ye was taken out by two ‘executives’ according to a statement released by the company Wednesday afternoon.
Skechers representatives said in a statement: ‘Considering Ye was engaged in unauthorized filming, two Skechers executives escorted him and his party from the building after a brief conversation. Skechers is not considering and has no intention of working with West.
‘We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not tolerate anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech. The Company would like to again stress that West showed up unannounced and uninvited to Skechers corporate offices.’
West may have faced additional opposition if he had gotten a preapproved sit-down meeting with Skechers executives as the CEO Robert Greenberg and current President Michael Greenberg are both Jewish.
The rapper’s removal from the shoe brand’s office comes mere hours after Adidas announced that it will continue to sell Yeezy products while removing the rapper’s moniker.
Management said that they will sell the items under their own brand at the beginning of 2023, according to analysts.
Adidas broke off their deal with Ye Tuesday after pressure from fans over the rapper and designer’s recent anti-Semitic comments.
It ended the lucrative partnership, which included royalty payments and other fees.
‘I can say anti-Semitic things and Adidas can’t drop me,’ Ye had previously stated.
Since other similar remarks across social media, including a tweet declaring he would go ‘death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,’ Ye has lost a string of high profile partnerships.
Footwear retailer Foot Locker said yesterday they would ‘not be supporting any future Yeezy product drops, and we have instructed our retail operators to pull any existing product from our shelves and digital sites.’
Even auction house Christie’s which was handling the private sale of a rare Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototype worn by West to the 2008 Grammy’s is no longer proceeding with the sale.
Balenciaga, Creative Artists Agency, TJ Maxx and Gap also dropped West.
The termination of the Adidas deal has knocked Ye out of the billionaire ranks, according to wealth tracker Forbes.
Ye is now worth a comparatively paltry sum of $400 million, which Forbes estimates comes from real estate, cash, his music catalog, and a 5 percent stake in ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s shapewear firm, Skims.
But as corporations around the world break off deals with Ye, music streaming service Spotify said it would not remove the rapper’s music unless his label requested it.
Recent anti-Semitic remarks made by the rapper are ‘just awful comments,’ and would have warranted removal from Spotify for violating its policies if they had been on a podcast or recording, Spotify chief Daniel Ek said.
However, music from the artist now known as Ye does not violate anti-hate policies, and any anti-Semitic comments he has made cannot be found on the music streaming platform.
‘It’s really just his music, and his music doesn’t violate our policy,’ said Ek, adding, ‘It’s up to his label, if they want to take action or not.’
Universal Music’s Def Jam label, which owns the copyright to West’s recordings from 2002 through 2016, and continued distributing his releases until last year, issued a statement condemning Ye’s remarks, saying: ‘There is no place for anti-Semitism in our society’.
But the label has not asked for the removal of Ye’s recordings, many of which are critically acclaimed works.