KANYE WEST GETS SUED FOR $1MILLION BY HIS OWN LIVE OPERA STAFF
Rapper, Kanye West, is being sued by staff from his own live opera show, Kanye West Nebuchadnezzar Opera, for an estimate of $1million.
The 43-year-old musician is reportedly being accused of owing staff "unpaid wages" and also for "failing to pay minimum wage and overtime".
The court documents claim that a hair assistant who has worked on the opera is still owed "unpaid wages, continuing wages, damages, civil penalties, statutory penalties and attorney's fees and costs" by the rapper. She stated that "her day rate was paid late, along with other fees and that they were charged for getting their checks."
Documents of the court further state that, "Defendants oversaw, controlled and ran the production, and the aggrieved employees worked many hours on the production and were not timely paid for their work, or paid at all."
Now, the workers are seeking a minimum of $1 million for what they believe to be "issues with how they were treated".
The bizarre 50-minute show at the Hollywood Bowl last year was deemed to be a "money grab", with Kanye who only appeared on stage for the climactic "photocall".
In August, the company MyChannel Inc., who is a Black-owned company specialising in video and e-commerce technologies, filed a lawsuit against Kanye for also allegedly failing to pay them for multiple services. MyChannel are suing the him for $20 million and seeking a jury trial. MyChannel Inc. stated that West began using their services in 2018, and got the company's employees to work long hours on his Yeezy brand as well as his Sunday Service shows. He also promised the company to invest tens of millions of dollars in the company for their services, which never happened.
The company also added that West ended the partnership after six months of work without any compensation. He also allegedly stole some of the company’s technology to use on his Sunday Service performances.
MyChannel claimed that in order to make the deal between them and West work, they spent $7 million of its own funds on a Yeezy Apparel, while its workers racked up over 10,000 hours of work.
According to the company West was also accused of stealing the company's video commerce technology in order to boost his own sales of the expensive clothing he sold for his Sunday Service performances. He's also being sued for allegedly breaking a non-disclosure agreement of the company by copying their technology.