Kanye West ‘ghosts’ his attorneys and ‘refuses to respond’ to producer suing him as he ‘doesn’t care’ about legal drama
KANYE West has gone AWOL with a top music producer on the hunt for him – but even his attorneys admit they’re struggling to contact him, The U.S. Sun has learned.
Legendary house DJ and producer Marshall Jefferson is suing Ye for sampling his 1986 hit Move Your Body at least 22 times.
Kanye has been out of the country for months as he vacations everywhere to Japan to Ireland with BiancaCredit: Getty
The 46-year-old is allegedly off the grid and barely uses his phone, which only has a Wi-Fi connectionCredit: Instagram/ ARKANGEL
It featured without his permission on the rapper’s track Flowers from his last album, Donda 2, released in 2022.
But his legal team has now admitted that they haven’t a clue on his whereabouts as he continues to vacation in the likes of Japan, Italy, and Europe with ‘wife’ Bianca Censori.
The U.S. Sun also revealed last week that the 46-year-old star “doesn’t give a crap” about his mounting lawsuits and barely uses his phone, only to email and FaceTime.
Jefferson’s record label Trax Records has been trying to serve the suit on Kanye and, in recent filings, been given an extended period of time by the judge at the Eastern District of Louisiana Court.
The doc states: “Trax Records LTD further moves this Honorable Court for an extension of sixty days to serve Ye aka Kanye West… a waiver was sent to an address in California by commercial carrier that was accepted.
“In due course, Ye’s attorney communicated with the undersigned counsel stating that the address was not Ye’s residence and that Ye is somewhere in Japan.
“Ye’s attorney was asked if he would either waive service or advise where his client could be served. Ye’s attorney declined both requests.”
Kanye has been popping up all over Italy for weeks, while social media photographs show he has now headed to Ireland.
A U.S. Sun source previously said: “Ye has joked before he likes being sued, he really doesn’t care about all that, he’s been a part of lawsuits for years, it’s just part of the fame game to him.
“He’s having the time of his life at the moment traveling around with Bianca, she’s his rock, and they have a tight team of influential people who are working for Yeezy.
“They have been joined by friends, his new CEO Dov Charney, assistants, and his regular sushi chef, he’s blowing a fair bit of money, but he feels he’ll be back in business soon.
“Ye isn’t even using a phone number right now, he just has an email address which he sometimes uses for FaceTime, but he’s pretty off the grid.”
An insider also previously added that Kanye only ever uses wifi when he’s out of the country and is hard to get hold of.
Chicago-born Jefferson previously told BBC’s Radio One that he was disappointed with Kanye taking the riff without asking.
He said: “I’ve been sampled thousands of times. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Getting done by another artist, a Black artist, a fellow Chicagoan without acknowledgment is disappointing.”
The U.S. Sun can reveal that Kanye has been forced into mediation in two other lawsuits by disgruntled ex-employees.
Former Sunday Service performer Michael Pearson says he was paid a flat $ 250 day rate “regardless of the number of hours worked”, had no rest or meal breaks, and was “forced to stand or sit on the ground” all weekend, as there weren’t enough chairs.
He is suing Kanye, West Brands LLC, Very Good Touring Inc., and AJR Films Inc.
The case was due for mediation on August 29 in Los Angeles, but all parties have agreed that the defendants need more time.
A court filing states: “The Parties agreed that they needed additional time for Defendants to gather documents and information to allow the Parties to meaningfully mediate this matter.”
A new date of October 23 has been set for mediation.
Kanye and Yeezy Apparel LLC are also being sued by former Yeezy assistant designer Taliah Leslie for allegedly not compensating her for extra hours and travel work costs to Paris and his Yeezy HQ in Cody, Wyoming.
In Leslie’s suit, filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court, co-defendants Yeezy and Kanye misclassified employees as independent contractors, failing to comply with the California labor code and providing such things as overtime wages and transport costs.
This case has now moved into mediation on October 25 with the first post-mediation conference set for November 11.
Chicago techno DJ Marshall Jefferson is suing Ye for using his riff in the song FlowersCredit: Getty
Kanye is facing multiple lawsuits from former collaborators and staff after being ‘canceled’ for anti-Semitic remarksCredit: Getty