Kanye West sued by a company claiming he stole their technology for his Sunday Service shows
Kanye West got more bad news amid his long-shot presidential run as a company filed a lawsuit against him for failing to pay it for multiple services.
MyChannel Inc. claims in its suit that West, 43, got the company’s employees to work long hours on his Yeezy brand and his Sunday Service shows while promising to invest tens of millions of dollars in the company, according to TMZ.
The company alleges that West walked away after 6 months of work without paying while stealing some of its technology to use on his Sunday Service performances.
Unpaid: Kanye West is being sued by MyChannel Inc. after he allegedly backed out of paying the Black-owned tech company millions for services rendered on his Yeezy Apparel brand, according to TMZ; shown in February
MyChannel Inc. describes itself as a Black-owned company specializing in video and e-commerce technologies.
It says West began using its services in Spring 2018 to boost sales on his Yeezy line of shoes and clothing.
The company, through its attorneys Ben Meiselas and Michael Popok, claims that the Monster rapper never paid for its services and instead promised to invest $10 million in the company.
In order to make the deal work, MyChannel spent $7 million of its own funds on a Yeezy Apparel, while its workers racked up over 10,000 hours of work.
Working hard: MyChannel says it started working for West in Spring 2018 and spent $7M of its funds and 10,000 man-hours on Yeezy Apparel, while the rapper promised to invest $10M; shown in April 2019
Moving around: West required MYC to move its headquarters from Pennsylvania to Calabasas, California, then to Chicago; shown in April 2019
In the process, West whims required the company shift its headquarters from Pennsylvania to Calbasas, California, to be closer to his home, before requiring them to move again to his hometown of Chicago.
Despite all the hoops MyChannel claims to have jumped through, West ended the partnership after six months without paying or investing a cent in the company.
According to Pitchfork, West stole the company’s video commerce technology to help boost sales of the expensive clothing and merchandise he sold for his Sunday Service performances.
He also allegedly met with companies like Adidas and referred to MYC’s work while rebranding it as YZY and presenting ‘ideas such as those of [MyChannel] as his own.
Theft: The company claims West stole its video commerce tech to boost sales of his expensive merchandise at his Sunday Service performances, according to Pitchfork; shown in February
MyChannel is suing West and his brand Yeezy Apparel for breach of their oral partnership, cutting into their profits by millions of dollars and withholding his promised $10 million investment, as well as requiring it to spend its own funds on his projects.
He’s also being sued for breaking a non-disclosure agreement by copying their technology.
MyChannel are suing the third-party presidential candidate for $20 million and seeking a jury trial.
Stiff bill: MYC are suing west for $20M and requesting a jury trial; pictured in March 2020
Prior to the weekend, West flew back to Los Angeles after spending weeks at his Wyoming ranch and following a short trip to New York.
According to a source who spoke to People, the Runaway rapper ‘really missed the kids and flew to see them.’
Although he put his newest album and his campaign on hold, he reportedly plans on resuming the campaign, despite reports that it and his mental health struggles have put his marriage to Kim Kardashian on shaky ground.