© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Rapper Kanye West requires a query from the group as he holds his first rally in assist of his presidential bid in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. July 19, 2020. REUTERS/Randall Hill
By Akriti Sharma
(Reuters) – Adidas AG (ETR:) on Thursday mentioned it has launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate habits by Kanye West, after the German sporting items maker final month ended its partnership with the rapper and dressmaker.
Adidas (OTC:) mentioned 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 habits by Ye towards workers and potential staff. Rolling Stone cited interviews with greater than two dozen former Yeezy and Adidas workers.
In keeping with the journal, former members of the staff despatched an nameless letter to Adidas by which they mentioned senior leaders on the firm had been conscious of Ye’s habits, 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 mentioned in an announcement to Reuters.
“Nonetheless, we take these allegations very significantly and have taken the choice to launch an unbiased investigation of the matter instantly to handle the allegations.”
Ye couldn’t be instantly be reached for remark. Information of the probe was first reported by the Monetary Occasions on Thursday.
In keeping with 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 latest 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 as antisemitic.