The fallout continues on Kanye West – in Miami.
In the wake of the rapper’s outrageous anti-Semitic comments on social media, major brands including Adidas, Balenciaga and Gap have cut ties with him.
West inexplicably tweeted on October 9, then things quickly began to unravel: “I’m feeling a little sleepy tonight, but when I wake up I’m going to die 3 on the Jewish people.”
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Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Silverman and Howard Stern have publicly denounced him. The huge companies he worked with for years cut ties. His agent brought him down. Skechers kicked him out of their Los Angeles offices when he appeared apparently unannounced and uninvited.
West is now being sued in Magic City for breach of contract. It looks like the former Kim Kardashian did a Surface Area showroom in the Design District. The “gallery, retail space, content studio, and activation space” are suing in a suit filed Monday in Florida’s Southern District Court for which West never paid the $145,813 owed.
In documents reviewed by the Miami Herald, the “Gold Digger” artist held the venue for about a month as a recording studio back in January, but then allegedly pulled out of the deal and cramped those people.
The bill included a daily rental fee, purchase of office chairs, home accessories and audio equipment, as well as time paid to customize the space according to Ye’s wishes, specifications and color scheme.
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Surface employees essentially turned the entire place upside down, moving furniture, equipment and more than 20 pieces of art, worth nearly $50 million, the documents claim.
“My client turned what was essentially an overnight transformation of his art studio into a recording studio for Ye and the accompanying artists,” says Jonathan Smolevich, a local attorney at Lowy and Cook, who represents the parent company of Surface Media. “By doing this, no order was too big or too small – I asked, and they delivered – and my client incurred significant costs and expenses for delivery.”
The amount that the veteran chart-topping owner, 45, owes, is allegedly a small pill for him, but the money could quickly run out. Because of this shocking scandal that doesn’t seem to fade in the least, West no longer has billionaire status, according to Forbes magazine.
Another slight hitch: the West has no representation at the moment. The Atlanta-based law firm Brown Rudnick – which won Johnny Depp’s defamation case against Amber Heard – has not worked with him since the controversy.
She’s got one breather, amid this disaster: TMZ reports that George Floyd’s family decided not to slap him with a $250 million lawsuit after West claimed in the since-deleted Revolt podcast that the Minneapolis man died of fentanyl, not the actions of former police officer Derek Chauvin , convicted of killing Floyd.
The cease and desist rhetoric appears to have done the trick.
Amanda Rosa contributed to this report.
This story was originally published October 27, 2022 5:00 p.m.
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