Kanye West at an occasion saying a partnership with Adidas on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Adidas mentioned it’s investigating accusations made by employees referring to the conduct of the musician Ye throughout his partnership with the German sportswear model and the response of senior firm figures.
The corporate mentioned in a press release late Thursday: “It’s presently not clear whether or not the accusations made in an nameless letter are true. Nonetheless, we take these allegations very critically and have taken the choice to launch an impartial investigation of the matter instantly to deal with the allegations.”
It follows a Rolling Stone article revealed Tuesday with nameless allegations that Ye confirmed pornographic and sexualized materials to Yeezy employees throughout conferences and made sexualized remarks to feminine employees. CNBC has not independently verified the claims.
Rolling Stone additionally mentioned a bunch of former Yeezy workforce members had despatched an nameless letter to Adidas accusing senior leaders on the firm of turning a “blind eye” to the conduct and taking “delayed motion” over it. It reportedly referred to as for a public apology to the workforce.
A consultant for Ye was not instantly obtainable for remark when contacted by CNBC.
Adidas terminated its partnership with Ye, previously generally known as Kanye West, in October. It mentioned his latest feedback and actions had been “unacceptable, hateful and harmful.”
Hole and Foot Locker then mentioned they’d take away Yeezy merchandise from their shops. Designer model Balenciaga introduced it was reducing ties with the rapper and producer the week earlier than.
Adidas additionally mentioned it didn’t tolerate hate speech or offensive conduct and was in ongoing conversations with staff in regards to the occasions main as much as the tip of the Ye partnership.