Kanye West Used Porn and Inappropriate Pictures of Kim Kardashian to Harass Yeezy Employees

Jaelani Turner-Williams Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with…
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A new investigative report from Rolling Stone explores how Kanye West used “bullying” tactics against Yeezy staffers, including exposure to porn.

Rolling Stone is delving more into Kanye West’s alleged harassment of former Yeezy employees. On Tuesday (November 22), an open letter from former high-ranking Yeezy staffers was issued to executive board members and the CEO Adidas about Ye’s history of inappropriate behavior.

Titled “The Truth About Yeezy: A Call to Action for Adidas Leadership,” which was obtained by RS, former employees demand that Adidas address “the toxic and chaotic environment that Kanye West created” and the “very sick pattern of predacious behavior toward women” who worked under the artist formerly known as Kanye West.

“The most troubling behavior that should have been flagged by the executive team very early in the partnership is his manipulative and fear-based approach to leading the team, all while trying to assert dominance over Adidas employees in closed rooms,” the letter adds.

According to numerous former employees, the Yeezy founder often discussed porn and played crude videos during staff meetings and would also expose personal sex tapes and intimate images of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian during job interviews.

One previous employee of Ye claims that he showed them a video of Francesca Le, “a buff porn star with a strap-on dildo f****** another girl in the a**.” “He’s like, ‘What do you think of it?’ Not laughing at all,” they added.

Another former staffer says that Ye expressed a designer to create a shoe that he could climax in.

“Not a sex-toy sneaker but something that you were so into that you would wanna have an intimate relationship,” they women explained. “He’d be, like, ‘literally f***.’ He would be very clear on what that meant.”

One prior staffer observed Ye’s “many forms of abuse, and this is the kind of abuse that’s so many kinds of abuse combined into one,” while another explained his “tactic[s] to break a person down and establish their unwavering allegiance to him, testing and destroying people’s boundaries.”

The former Yeezy group requests a public apology from Adidas for enduring “Kanye’s terrorizing behavior,” also pointing the finger at Adidas’ leadership.

“As much as we all would love to solely blame Kanye,” the letter reads, “the undeniable truth is that the Adidas executive team and the board have been huge enablers.”

A spokesperson has responded to the RS report, writing, “Adidas does not tolerate hate speech and offensive behavior and therefore has terminated the adidas Yeezy partnership. 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.”

The article comes just weeks after an initial feature where anonymous former staffers called the Yeezy office in Los Angeles “pure chaos,” citing Ye’s temperament and employees who were fired at random.

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