An Irishman who was once the business manager of Kanye West is suing the American superstar rapper for 4.5 million euros.
Homas St. John, from nearby Tuam Co Galway and head of international accounting firm TSJ, accused West of refusing to pay 18 months’ worth of fees after St. John was appointed as its sales director this past March. five.
Accounting specialist St. Los Angeles-based John claims that when he confronted Kanye about a 300,000 euro-a-month retention fee, the rapper became ‘hot-tempered and aggressive’ and started swearing at him.
The lawsuit reads: “He shouted at Mr. St.John and made it clear that he no longer wanted to work with him. When faced with the 18-month commitment that had just been made, Mr West proclaimed words of force such as ‘The 18-month deadline is bulls’ and ‘You’re crazy to think I’m going to stick with it. . “
The new legal action also troubled West as his lawyers at Greenberg Traurig, one of the world’s largest legal firms, said they would sever ties with him.
American media website The Blast obtained court documents showing St. John secured an 18-month contract with West as “assurance that Respondent will not simply leave the business relationship.”
But the Irishman claims West did it after paying only for the first three months of the service.
The lawsuit also states that the rapper has an outstanding balance of €900,000 as of October and will owe an additional €3.6 million by November 2023, when the 18-month contract ends.
TSJ explained that he was initially excited to work with West and had to turn down two other potential clients to work with controversial rapper Yeezy’s agency.
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We reached out to Thomas St John’s office in Los Angeles and spoke to his assistant. She said she would transfer our call. When asked to confirm he was from Ireland, she replied: “Yes.”
St John did not respond to an email request from us for him for more information. His official filing says: “Thomas St John is the founder of Thomas St John Group, a leading international business management, accounting and tax company for sports and entertainment.
“He has deep and broad expertise in international taxation, intellectual property rights, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Thomas also offers personal planning and business dealing advice to high net worth individuals, including world-renowned sports and music personalities.
“Over the past 14 years, the company has grown with more than 150 professionals based in Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam and future expansion in Sweden, Australia and other countries. Thomas St John even offers strategic advice – using global expertise of the industry, providing true clarity, helping to plan and manage finances and businesses for the long term. . “
St John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Physics (Hons) from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, and is a US Treasury Enrolled Agent and FSA (UK) Capital Markets Certificate holder (inactive).
Locals in Tuam say Mr St John was spotted hanging out in a popular pub in town in September, after his father’s funeral.
The split between West and TSJ comes as Gold Digger singer Gold Digger’s empire appears to be faltering over his anti-Semitic behavior and comments, with his legal team Greenberg seeming them. will leave him as a customer.
“We are taking steps to respond to the reported comments consistent with the ethical obligations and rules of the court,” Greenberg said.
“We condemn anti-Semitism and all hate speech or bigotry that compromise the core values we believe in and live by.”
Greenberg’s attorneys are currently defending the rapper and his businesses in a civil lawsuit brought by New York-based Ultra International Music Publishing and in a federal lawsuit brought by the performer in California hired to work on his 2019 soap opera Nebuchadnezzar.
Last weekend, the rapper was shamefully escorted out of Skechers’ California headquarters after appearing unannounced to promote his Yeezy clothing and footwear brand, a day after being arrested. Adidas removed and his songs were banned by Peloton.
West’s fortune has dropped to around 400 million euros following recent controversies.
The 45-year-old was married to Kim Kardashian from 2014 until their divorce earlier this year.
The couple spent some of their honeymoon in Ireland in 2014, famously staying at Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois, where they visited nearby cinemas in Portlaoise and Tullamore.
The couple, who have four children together, have also spent part of their time here at Oliver Castle in Ardpatrick, Co Limerick.
Their relationship fell apart after West’s numerous outbursts, some of which appeared to be due to a mental health breakdown.
West’s other main connection to the Irishman was that he was acting in support of U2 during their 2005 Vertigo tour.
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