Kanye West at an occasion to announce his adidas partnership on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
adidas It mentioned it was investigating allegations made by employees in regards to the musician Ye’s conduct throughout his time with the German sportswear model and the response of prime firm figures.
In a press release late Thursday, the corporate mentioned: “It’s not but identified whether or not the allegations contained within the nameless letter are true. Nonetheless, we take them very significantly and have determined to right away launch an unbiased investigation into the matter to resolve the allegations within the .”
This follows an nameless Rolling Stone article on Tuesday accusing Ye of displaying pornographic and pornographic materials to Yeezy workers throughout conferences and making sexual remarks to feminine workers. CNBC has not independently verified these claims.
Rolling Stone additionally mentioned a gaggle of former Yeezy workforce members had despatched an nameless letter to Adidas accusing the corporate’s prime management of “turning a blind eye” to the conduct and taking “delayed motion”. It reportedly demanded a public apology from the workforce.
Ye’s representatives weren’t instantly accessible for remark when contacted by CNBC.
Adidas ended its partnership with Ye, previously Kanye West, in October. It mentioned his current remarks and actions had been “unacceptable, abhorrent and harmful”.
Hole and Foot Locker later mentioned they’d take away Yeezy merchandise from shops. Final week, designer label Balenciaga introduced it was slicing ties with the rapper and producer.
Adidas additionally mentioned it doesn’t tolerate hate speech or offensive conduct and is in an ongoing dialogue with workers in regards to the occasions that led to the top of the Ye partnership.