Kanye West reportedly showed explicit photos to Adidas employees | Kanye West

Kanye West has been accused of showing explicit photos of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian to Adidas employees, as part of behavior many saw as “intimidation tactics”, according to a new report.

The 43-year-old rapper and producer, also known as Ye, last month lost a design contract with the sportswear brand over anti-Semitic comments. He was accused of showing the images in a Rolling Stone article published on Tuesday.

An employee claimed that Ye displayed an explicit photo of the 41-year-old Kardashian during a job interview in 2018.

“My wife just sent me this,” Ye reportedly said after showing a “very revealing and personal” photo on his phone.

Another former employee, according to the report, alleged that Ye showed “personal” images of Kardashian to the creative team of his Yeezy brand in the same year.

An unnamed third source told Rolling Stone West that he was “not afraid to show explicit images or talk about situations that should be kept private.”

Former Adidas employees told Rolling Stone that it frequently showed explicit images, including their own sex tapes.

“I feel like it was a tactic to bring a person down and establish their unwavering loyalty to them, testing and destroying people’s boundaries,” said one. Another claimed that Ye targeted the female employees.

Some of the allegations were made in an open letter, titled The Truth About Yeezy: A Call to Action for Adidas Leadership, which was obtained by Rolling Stone. In the letter, the employees criticized Adidas executives for allegedly turning off their “moral compass.”

The letter urged Adidas board members and senior leaders to address “the toxic and chaotic environment that Kanye West has created” and “a very sick pattern of predatory behavior towards women.”

The letter continued: “He had, in years past, exploded at the women in the room with offensive comments, and would resort to sexually disturbing references when providing design feedback. This type of response from a brand partner is one that Adidas employees should never be subjected to, nor should Adidas leadership ever tolerate.”

In comments to Rolling Stone, Yeezy and Adidas employees also expressed regret for accepting that what they saw was an unwritten rule: “Kanye is just Kanye,” which they said lessened the impact of his alleged behavior.

In the letter, the employees accused Adidas of lacking “responsibility, accountability and protection that Adidas failed to provide its employees during what we experienced as years of verbal abuse, vulgar tirades and intimidation attacks.”

A former employee who worked closely with Ye said: “Adidas allowed a lot of that kind of behavior.”

Former Adidas employees also said Ye’s behavior was on public display when he released a 30-minute documentary on YouTube showing pornography to Adidas executives at a company meeting.

Saying it speaks to employees who “may be afraid to speak up,” the open letter claims the documentary showed what was “by no means a new approach to bullying,” adding that “Kanye’s problematic behavior began within the first year of its association with the Adidas brand”.

On Wednesday, an Adidas spokesperson told The Guardian: “Adidas does not tolerate hate speech and offensive behavior and has therefore ended the association with Adidas Yeezy.

“We have been and continue to be actively involved in discussions with our employees about the events that led to our decision to end the partnership. They have our full support and while we are working out the details of the termination, we have made it clear that we want to keep the talent and skills of our employees within the organization.

“Having said this, we will not discuss private conversations, details or events that led to our decision to end the partnership with Adidas Yeezy and we will decline to comment on any related speculation.”

Ye has not commented. The Guardian could not immediately reach him for comment.

Gap, Balenciaga and the CAA talent agency have also dropped their partnerships with Ye. Twitter and Instagram have blocked their accounts.

In October, during Paris fashion week, Ye appeared at his own show wearing a T-shirt that read “White Lives Matter” and tweeted that he planned to go “to the death.” [sic] 3 on the Jewish people. He also accused Adidas and Gap of stealing his designs.

Ye previously said that pornography “destroyed” his family. Earlier this month, he wrote on Twitter: “I am taking a 30-day cleanse. A verbal fast. No alcohol. No adult movies. No sexual relations.

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