Adidas stated it initiated the probe after receiving an nameless letter making a number of allegations towards the musician.
Adidas has stated it has launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Kanye West after the German sporting items maker final month ended its partnership with the rapper and dressmaker.
Adidas stated it initiated the probe after receiving an nameless letter making a number of allegations towards the musician, who now goes by Ye.
The investigation follows a report by Rolling Stone journal that detailed alleged incidents of inappropriate behaviour by Ye in direction of employees and potential workers. Rolling Stone cited interviews with greater than two dozen former Yeezy and Adidas employees.
In response to the journal, former members of the workforce despatched an nameless letter to Adidas wherein they stated senior leaders on the firm had been conscious of Ye’s behaviour however had turned a “blind eye” and “turned their ethical compass off”.
“It’s at present not clear whether or not the accusations made in an nameless letter are true,” an Adidas spokesperson stated in an announcement to Reuters.
“Nonetheless, we take these allegations very critically and have taken the choice to launch an impartial investigation of the matter instantly to handle the allegations.”
Ye couldn’t be instantly reached for remark. Information of the probe was first reported by the Monetary Occasions on Thursday.
In response to the Monetary Occasions, Germany’s third-largest asset supervisor, Union Funding, wrote to Adidas on Thursday asking for extra details about the claims.
Union Funding didn’t instantly reply to Reuters’ request for remark.
Ye has courted controversy in current months by publicly ending main company tie-ups and making outbursts on social media towards different celebrities. His Twitter and Instagram accounts had been restricted, with the social media platforms eradicating a few of his posts that customers condemned for being anti-Semitic.