Ye was sued over the hostile work environment at Donda and Yeezy Academy – Entertainment News (Trending Perfect)


The rapper, formerly known as Kanye West, was sued Tuesday by a former employee who accused him of discrimination and creating a hostile work environment by calling Adolf Hitler “great,” disparaging Jews and saying that “gays are not real Christians.”

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Trevor Phillips, who said he was hired in November 2022, around the time a series of anti-Semitic statements Yee made publicly cost the artist his major record deal and put his business in jeopardy.

Phillips was initially hired to oversee “projects related to cotton farming” and other factories in an effort to make Yeezy, Ye’s fashion brand, “self-sustainable,” the lawsuit said, and later went on to work at Donda Academy, Ye’s private school. In Southern California.

Phillips' lawsuit alleges that Yee made anti-Semitic comments to employees at Dunda Academy, including “the Jews want to get me” and “the Jews are stealing all my money.” After Adidas ended its decade-long partnership with Yee over his public statements, the lawsuit alleged, the rapper told Phillips: “Jews are working with Adidas to freeze my money to try to make me bankrupt!”

The lawsuit alleges that Yee treated black employees at Donda Academy, including Phillips, “far worse than white employees.”

Representatives for Ye and Donda's academy did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit.

Late last year, as he prepared to release new music, Yee issued a written statement in Hebrew in which he apologized to the Jewish community for his remarks, writing, “I deeply regret any pain I may have caused.” His latest album, a collaboration with R&B singer Ty Dolla Sign called “Vultures 1,” was a hit, giving Ye the 11th No. 1 album of his career.

Most of the statements ruining Yee's deals were made publicly, including on social media and podcasts. In the lawsuit, Phillips describes comments he claims Yee made in private. The lawsuit says that during a conversation at the Nobu Hotel in Malibu, California, Yee said the Holocaust was “false,” and called Hitler “great,” adding: “Hitler was an innovator!” He invented many things. “It's the reason we have cars.”

At the same meeting, the lawsuit accused Yee of making homophobic and anti-Semitic statements, saying: “Yes, I'm directed toward gays! First the Jews, then the homosexuals.”

The lawsuit contains a screenshot of a text message Yee allegedly sent to Phillips discussing how he was going to do the job. “I'm on Hitler's full level,” Yee says, then adds: “Except for the gas chambers.”

The lawsuit addressed Yee's behavior at Dunda Academy School establish. Yee allegedly told two children enrolled there that he “wanted them to shave their heads and that he intended to put a prison in the school — that they could be locked in cages.”

“Staff quickly distracted the children and escorted them out of the room,” the suit says.

In 2022 television interviewYi said the Dunda Academy has more than 80 students and its mission is “to be a performing arts school, to be a design school, an architecture school, an agriculture school, an automobile engineering school, a computer hardware and software school” as well as “to teach the gospel.”

The lawsuit said that Phillips' daughter and younger brother attended the school, and that Phillips' mother helped him get a job there. The current status of Dunda Academy, which has been mentioned in other lawsuits filed by former employees, is unclear.



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