An explosive new report says Kanye West shared explicit photos and an intimate video of ex-wife Kim Kardashian with Yeezy and Adidas employees.
The report published by Rolling Stone on Tuesday, Nov. 22, said the magazine spoke with “more than two dozen” former staffers at Yeezy and parent company Adidas, who described an abusive workplace where West allegedly “used intimidation tactics with the staff of his fashion empire that were provocative, frequently sexualized, and often directed toward women.”
The story included a claim that in 2018, a young male who was interviewing for a job at Yeezy was shown an “intimate” image of Kardashian that West had on his phone.
“My wife just sent me this,” the hip-hop mogul is alleged to have said. An unidentified employee who was in the interview recalled the photo. “It was very revealing and personal,” the employee said. “I didn’t really react.”
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Other former staffers said West played an explicit video of Kardashian during a meeting with the Yeezy team.
West is also alleged to have routinely played pornography, that did not include Kardashian, in meetings.
“He showed me the video of Francesca Le, a buff porn star with a strap-on dildo f–king another girl in the a–,” a former employee said. “He’s like, ‘What do you think of it?’ Not laughing at all.”
The rapper is also alleged to have shown off homemade sex tapes he made of himself with other women.
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One former Yeezy team member said the culture at the brand “was so cult-like working for him.”
Three former senior employees said general managers at Yeezy told them several times that if they felt uncomfortable in a room with West, they could leave. Although the employees said it was just lip service.
“Imagine if Kanye’s talking and you get up and leave,” a former staffer said. “It’s not like he’s a professional — he would probably call you out right there.”
Rolling Stone also obtained an open letter sent to Adidas executives urging them to address “the toxic and chaotic environment that Kanye West created,” including “a very sick pattern of predacious behavior toward women.”
The letter described West as a horrible boss.
“He has, in years past, exploded at women in the room with offensive remarks, and would resort to sexually disturbing references when providing design feedback. This type of response from a brand partner is one that Adidas employees should never be subjected to, nor should Adidas leadership ever tolerate,” the letter said.
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A spokesperson for Adidas issued a statement to Rolling Stone in response to the article.
“Adidas does not tolerate hate speech and offensive behavior and therefore has terminated the adidas Yeezy partnership,” the brand said. “We have been and continue to be actively engaged in conversations with our employees about the events that lead [sic] to our decision to end the partnership. They have our full support and as we’re working through the details of the termination, we have been clear that we want to keep our employees’ talent and skills within the organization.”
Kardashian and West were both contacted for comment, but the magazine said neither responded.
West has previously admitted to a porn addiction, but insisted he overcame it by turning to God.
Adidas ended its partnership with West last month after the rapper made a series of anti-Semitic comments on social media and in interviews.