MyChannel Inc, a US tech company, has filed a lawsuit against Kanye West, accusing the US rapper of stealing its technology and tricking its employees into working long hours.
West had earlier initiated the gospel group Sunday Service and put out his first gospel album. He also took the gospel choir to Joel Osteen’s megachurch in Texas and fixed tours with the televangelist.
He had subsequently announced his Yeezy-Gap fashion line and engaged Mowalola Ogunlesi, a Nigerian-British designer, following his brand Yeezy’s partnership with Gap, a clothing retailer.
But, according to TMZ, MyChannel, a black-owned business specializing in video and e-commerce technology, filed a suit claiming West got its employees to work long hours on his Yeezy brand and Sunday Service shows while promising to invest tens of millions of dollars.
The firm further alleged that West had thereafter contrarily walked away after six months of work without paying while stealing some of its technology for use on his Sunday Service performances.
It said the relationship, which was hinged on a series of promises that included a future $10 million investment, had it put in 10,000 man-hours and invested its own $7 million into the Yeezy project.
It further said West required the company to shift its headquarters from Pennsylvania to Calabasas, California, to be closer to his home, before asking them to move again to his hometown of Chicago.
According to MyChannel, West later cut ties with them after it became clear he had no intention of following through on his pledge but not before he allegedly stole its tech for his Sunday Service.
MyChannel is suing the third-party presidential candidate for $20 million and seeking a jury trial.
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