The Wall Street Journal: Adidas to investigate allegations against Kanye West


Adidas AG has launched an investigation into allegedly inappropriate behavior by Kanye West while the sportswear giant was working with the musician to develop and sell their Yeezy sneaker line.

The company

said Thursday that it would start the probe after receiving an anonymous letter. The letter alleged years of misconduct in the workplace by Mr. West, who goes by Ye, and that Adidas management turned a blind eye to his conduct.

Adidas said last month it was ending its lucrative partnership with Mr. West after he made anti-Semitic comments, but the investigation shows that the company will continue to deal with the fallout. The end of the Yeezy partnership has left Adidas facing a large revenue hole and employee complaints about Mr. West’s behavior.

In October, Mr. West published a video on YouTube that showed him meeting with Adidas executives and playing a pornographic video on his phone for them with Mr. West saying that a person in the pornographic video sounded similar to one of the Adidas executives.

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