Kanye West ‘weaponized fame’ with $7 million Stiff production company: Lawsuit – Billboard

Ye (Kanye West) is facing a new lawsuit claiming he owes $7.1 million in unpaid fees to a production company that worked with him. Donda 2 release as well as his canceled Coachella gig.

In a complaint filed Thursday (July 14) in a Los Angeles court, an attorney for Phantom Labs says the design and production company “honestly performed” the work Ye requested, developing claims “countless in-house talent hours” and also makes advanced payments to many other vendors.

“Event after event, Ye and his reps promised that if Phantom continued to work on budgeted and approved projects, Phantom would be promptly paid for the balance and work. new,” wrote Howard Kinga famous entertainment lawyer who represents Phantom.

“Recent events have made it clear that the defendants had no intention of paying Phantom,” King wrote. “Despite receiving numerous letters of request from Phantom, the defendants continue to inexplicably withhold payments.”

Phantom’s lawsuit took place a few days later Billboards first reported that Ye is facing another lawsuit against couture rental service David Casavant Archive, which claims that the superstar has not paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees and failed to return goods. dozens of “rare items”.

In a statement, a Phantom spokesperson said the lawsuit is a last resort: “We are extremely proud of the work we have done with Ye and are disappointed that such a fruitful relationship has resulted in such a successful relationship. come to a result like this. A celebrity weaponizing fame and fame to take advantage of eager collaborators is simply unacceptable.”

A spokesman for the rapper, who legally changed his name to Ye last year, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

According to Phantom’s lawsuit, the company also worked on four weeks of “Sunday Service,” as well as Ye and Drake’s “Free Larry Hoover” concert at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The company said it had been paying millions in fees over the years, but “significantly overdue bills started to pile up” over time. Phantom said it continued to do the work in the hope of getting paid for the outstanding balance, until Kanye’s withdrawal from Coachella became publicly available.

“Just a few weeks after promising to make Phantom the whole thing from the day the reported $9 million salary he would receive to perform at Coachella, Ye suddenly pulled out of the festival — not just turning down the promise. pay Phantom’s million-dollar balance but also Phantom with an additional $1.1 million in cancellation fees related to Coachella and other costs incurred to perform Coachella’s work at the defendant’s request,” the petition said. the lawsuit adds.

All told, Phantom said it owes $7,154,177, plus interest.

https://www.billboard.com/pro/kanye-west-ye-lawsuit-phantom-labs/ Kanye West ‘weaponized fame’ with $7 million Stiff production company: Lawsuit – Billboard

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