LOS ANGELES – Ye and his footwear and apparel company are countersuing the rapper’s former business management firm — which seeks $4.5 million under a breach-of-contract claim from the rapper — alleging the purported contract is unenforceable and that Ye signed it in 2022 while under the pressures of going through a divorce from Kim Kardashian.
On April 3, Thomas St. John Inc. filed an amended breach-of-contract complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and La Palma-based Yeezy LLC.
On Friday, Ye and Yeezy responded with a countersuit, arguing that no contractual obligation exists because the agreement containing the alleged duty is “indefinite, lacking mutual assent, illusory, unconscionable, procured by constructive fraud and procured by undue influence.”
When Ye signed the agreement last May, he was in the middle of his high-profile divorce from Kardashian that was “incessantly covered” by the media and he did not know his attorneys had not reviewed it first, the countersuit states.
“Ye is an ordinary target of paparazzi, but during this time, the volume of stressful paparazzi interactions was especially pronounced,” the counter suit states
The stress of the divorce, media coverage and paparazzi hounding left Ye “chronically sleep-deprived, stressed, anxious and under duress,” so he did not read the agreement before signing it, the countersuit states.
Ye and Yeezy seek a declaratory judgment that the contract is unenforceable or a finding in the alternative that TSJ breached the agreement by failing to provide the services it allegedly promised. The plaintiffs also seek the $900,000 paid TSJ, plus additional compensatory damages and punitive damages.
TSJ provides business management, accounting and tax services to artists, entertainers and sports figures and originally sued Ye on Oct. 21.
In May 2022, Ye asked TSJ to manage all of his personal and business ventures for himself and his companies, so the parties entered into an 18-month written management agreement calling for the performer to make monthly retainer payments, the amended suit states.
TSJ performed its part of the deal, but about three months into the contract, Ye, “in an unhinged tirade,” terminated the agreement “without any basis or cause,” the amended suit alleges.
Ye’s verbal attack at a Malibu hotel “came out of nowhere,” the amended suit states. When asked about the 18-month commitment, Ye stated that the 18-month term was (epithet) and said, “You’re insane for even thinking I would stick to it,” the amended suit states.
The 45-year-old Ye and Yeezy stopped making payments last June, the amended suit states.
“And it is clear based on their statements and conduct that defendants do not intend to make any further monthly payments,” the revised complaint alleges.