Ye (Kanye West) is facing a new lawsuit that claims he owes $7.1 million in unpaid fees to a production company that worked on his 2 exit show as well as her canceled performance at Coachella.
In a complaint filed Thursday (July 14) in court in Los Angeles, attorneys for Phantom Labs say the design and production company “faithfully performed” the work requested by Ye, deploying “countless hours of in-house talent” and also making prepayments to many other sellers.
“Event after event, Ye and his representatives promised that if Phantom continued to work on the budgeted and approved projects, Phantom would be paid promptly for the balance and new work,” wrote Howard Kinga well-known entertainment lawyer who replaces Phantom.
“More recent events have made it clear that the defendants had no intention of paying Phantom,” King wrote. “Despite receiving multiple demand letters from Phantom, the defendants inexplicably continue to withhold payment.”
Phantom’s trial comes days later Billboard first reported that Ye was facing a different lawsuit from high-end fashion rental service David Casavant Archive, which claims the superstar failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees and neglected to return a dozen “rare and esteemed pieces”.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Phantom said the lawsuit was a last resort: “We are incredibly proud of the work we have done with Ye and are disappointed that such a successful relationship has come to this. Celebrity weaponizing fame and reputation to take advantage of enthusiastic collaborators is simply unacceptable.
A spokeswoman for the rapper, who legally changed his name to Ye last year, did not immediately return a request for comment on Thursday.
According to Phantom’s lawsuit, the company also worked on four weeks of “Sunday Service,” as well as Ye and Drake’s “Free Larry Hoover” concert at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The company says it received millions of dollars in fees over the years, but “significant overdue invoices started piling up” over time. Phantom says he continued to work in hopes of being paid the outstanding balance, until Kanye’s highly publicized withdrawal from Coachella.
“Just weeks after promising to make Phantom whole from the $9 million salary he was to receive for performing at Coachella, Ye suddenly withdrew from the festival, not only reneging on his promises to pay the balance multi-million dollar Phantom, but also saddled Phantom with an additional $1.1 million in Coachella-related cancellation fees and other expenses incurred to perform work on Coachella at the request of the defendants,” the lawsuit added. .
In total, Phantom says he owes $7,154,177, plus interest.