Kanye West is being sued by a former employee who alleges the rapper forced him to work in dangerous conditions.
As reported by Sky News, Tony Saxon claims he is owed $1 million (£800,000) in unpaid wages and lost profits after working as a project manager, full-time security guard and living at West’s home in Malibu, California.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleged that the ‘Donda’ artist illegally fired Saxon after he refused to comply with Ye’s “dangerous” demands.
Saxon told Sky News that West instructed him to remove power and windows to the property, claiming Ye “wanted it to be like an air raid shelter”. Quoting the rapper, he said: “‘This is my bunker to go to, my place to go off the grid and hide.'”
According to the law, West Saxon was hired in September 2021. His other responsibilities included overseeing construction-related work, such as cleaning, demolition, hiring contractors and coordinating employees.
Saxon apparently spent the entire time he was employed at the house “sleeping in poor conditions, finding empty spaces on the floor and using his coat as makeshift bedding.” The property, which West bought for $55 million (£44 million), had already been cleared for an extensive renovation project.
These problems continued, according to the law, despite Saxon’s “constant complaints” about his sleeping habits and other dangers, as workers “unsafely demolished various parts of the house without safety equipment.”
Saxon was apparently told at one point to bring electrical generators into the house, but refused to do so because it was “very irresponsible and very dangerous.”
Speaking to Sky News, Saxon demanded West be warned that he would become an “enemy” like “Clinton” or “Kardashian” if he did not comply.
Saxon claimed that “Ye doesn’t pay anybody,” and described her experience working for him as “insane.” He said there was a “continuous, changing, surprising dynamic [qué West] who was to be on the other end of the telephone: the kind priest or the crazy dictator.
The lawsuit claims Saxon promised a payment of $20,000 (£16,000) a week. About a month later, however, he allegedly only received a one-off payment of $20,000, plus $100,000 (£80,000) for construction costs.
According to the complaint, Saxon seriously injured his back while working for West, but the rapper ignored his request for leave.
The lawsuit alleges Ye ended Saxon’s firing after citing his unpaid wages.
Saxon’s attorney, Ron Zambrano, said: “Ye has shown reckless disregard for his employees and has violated the law in extremely dangerous ways throughout this entire project at the Malibu home.
“No employee should have to endure the working conditions that Mr. Saxon endured, but Ye showed no concern and simply wanted to do the job, despite the dangerous and unsafe, not to mention illegal, actions , he wanted. to compel the plaintiff to perform.”
Earlier this year, West was accused in a lawsuit of allowing a culture of bullying to permeate his Donda Academy, among several other allegations. Ye also avoided assault charges in relation to an incident in which he threw a woman’s mobile phone into the street.
In November 2022, Yeezy and Adidas staff accused the star of using pornography and “mind games” to intimidate employees. Adidas subsequently launched an investigation into the matter.
Last week, Kanye West shared a preview of a new song called “Israel,” in which he raps about an encounter with the devil. According to recent reports, he is preparing to release new music “soon.”