As the controversy around Kanye West’s antisemitic remarks continues to unravel, things have taken yet another turn.
The backlash for the rapper’s statements has opened up the door to his former employees speaking out.
The story: Business Insider reports that one of them, who signed a nondisclosure agreement, was allegedly paid a settlement after claiming West used anti-Jewish remarks in the workplace.
It’s reported that West denied their claims.
“It’s not clear when the settlement was allegedly inked: NBC said it was withholding certain information to avoid identifying the person who reportedly came to the settlement with the recording artist and fashion mogul, who now goes by Ye,” Business Insider reported. “NBC said it had reviewed the settlement itself, proof of a payout, along with other correspondence.”
The outlet details that six additional people — who claim they’ve worked with or been in professional settings with West — have also come forward with accusations.
Some of the accusations are from his past, dating back as long as seven years ago.
Accusations Against Ye (Based on the report):
- Said Hitler “had some good qualities” and “wasn’t all bad”
- Voiced antisemitic conspiracy theories
- Praising the Nazis
More accusations: While a former employee who filed the accusation against West about allegedly being pro-Hitler is remaining anonymous, Ryder Ripps, who is Jewish, backed it up with his own claims.
According to the conceptual artist, West made such comments in the summer and fall of 2018.
The consequences: West’s antisemitic comments have come with significant consequences. In addition to temporarily being restricted from Instagram and Twitter, he has lost his billionaire status, been dropped by adidas, GAP, and more, and the list keeps going.
As previously reported by AfroTech, West’s fans created GoFundMe pages to get him back to his billion-dollar net worth. However, he reportedly didn’t accept any of the funds.
“Mr. Kanye West’s camp has declined the funds raised by this GoFundMe campaign. We’re excited to announce that they will instead be directed toward an outstanding charitable organization, Notes for Notes. In lieu of funding Mr. West’s artistic vision, 100% of the funds will be headed to young aspiring musicians hoping to fulfill their dreams,” a statement on the page read, according to Vibe.