Kanye West has reportedly paid an undisclosed settlement to a former employees who claimed he used anti-Semitic language during business meetings, according to documents obtained by NBC News. As indicated by a settlement and multiple employee accounts, the rap and fashion mogul praised Nazis and Adolf Hitler “more frequently than previously known” over the past five years.
After hearing the former employee make these contentious remarks, a number of staff members signed non disclosure agreements. In the settlement, however, Ye denied the individual’s claims. Six people who worked with the Donda rapper told NBC News that he also mentioned conspiracy theories against Jews at work on multiple occasions. These instances took place in 2018, which is long before Ye abruptly left major brands and companies. One of those who confirmed the allegations is the Jewish conceptual artist Ryder Ripps, who collaborated with Ye from 2014 to 2018. He didn’t think Ye’s comments were “dangerous” at the time.
Ripps stated, “This is dangerous, disgusting, and actually violent.”
Additionally, four insiders echoed Ye’s decision to name his 2018 album Ye rather than Hitler. According to the documents examined by NBC News, the executive left his position and reached a settlement, which appears to be a separate case. Ye apologized “for the pain that I’ve caused” in an interview with Piers Morgan following a series of anti-Semitic comments made in interviews and on social media. He then repeated his previous remarks in an interview with MIT researcher Lex Fridman, a Jewish host from the Soviet Union. According to The Los Angeles Times, Ye stated, “It’s genocide and population control that Black people are in today in America, that is promoted by the music and media that Black people make, that Jewish record labels get paid off of.”