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by Ana Walia | Thu, 24 Nov 2022 16:12:43 GMT
Kanye West is back in the news. Image Source: GQ 

Kanye West is back in the news.

Former Adidas employees have written an open letter to the company insinuating that they previously turned a blind eye to the rap star's harassment and unacceptable behavior. Adidas declared Kanye West's departure from the company last month after he received backlash for his anti-semitic comments. 

The extracts from the open letter were disclosed in a Rolling Stone report, along with a lengthy explanation of Kanye West's alleged actions toward former company employees. Members of staff have documented Kanye's fascination with porn, and several have described interactions with the rapper in that he would end up showing the staff or job candidates porn on his phone or computer.

In terms of sharing that the rapper showed them graphic pictures and videos, the former employees allege in the report that Kanye West has shown the staffer, and in one case, a job candidate, intimate videos and pictures of his then-wife Kim Kardashian on several instances. Former Adidas employees claimed that Kanye West had previously blown up at women in the room with inflammatory comments and used sexually disconcerting references when providing design comments. The letter went on to say that this kind of response from a brand partner is just something that Adidas staff members should not have to deal with and that Adidas leadership must never endure.

Kanye West has been accused of showing intimate pictures of his then wife to the staff members. Image Source: Marca

The open letter written by the former employees is reportedly titled "The Truth About Yeezy: A Call to Action for Adidas Leadership," but there has been no proof of the letter because the publication has not  seen it, but was said to illustrate the obligation, personal responsibility, and safeguards that Adidas struggled to provide all the employees during what they have described as years of abusive language, crass tirades, and harassment attacks. (Rolling Stone publication has seen the letter)

Throughout the piece, Rolling Stone quotes dozens of former employees, including one who recalls "psychological games" being played at work, but almost all of them requested anonymity for fear of reprisal from West or the shoe company.

The alleged actions described in the report are coherent with what Kanye West stated in October. Ye released a 30-minute documentary, that included a scene in which he allegedly showed a clear and specific movie to a high-ranking Adidas representative in order to explain how he would be their worst nightmare. In the video, Ye tells the executives that what they are experiencing right now is extreme uneasiness, and that is precisely the point.

The magazine's report concludes with a snippet from the letter requesting a public apology from Kanye West to the Yeezy team for his "terrorizing behavior." They wrote that, as much as they all want to keep blaming Kanye, the undisputed fact is that the Adidas executive team and board have been major catalysts.

Adidas terminated their partnership with Kanye last month. Image Source: CNBC

An Adidas spokesperson told Rolling Stone publication that the company does not endure hateful speech or offensive behavior and has thus ended the Adidas Yeezy collaboration. The statement said that the company has been, and will continue to be, actively engaged in discussions with their employees about the events that led to their decision to dissolve the partnership. The representative of the company noted that the former employees have the full support of the company, and as they work out the details of the dismissal, they have made it clear that they want to retain their workers' expertise and ability within the institution.

Pete Fox, the president of Yeezy in 2016, told Rolling Stone that he has never watched porn with Kanye West or anything like that, but that they did look at things together that might surprise people. Fox was the only individual who consented to include his name on the record for the RS article. He went on to say that in haute couture, there are a lot of sexy, absurd things that they might allude to or look at, as compared to a company like Adidas, where nudity would never be shown in a mood board.

Kanye West has not commented on the situation.