Kanye West has been accused of stiffing a Japanese fabric company for hundreds of thousands of dollars over his Yeezy sneakers, and they claim the hip-hop star tried to deceive them by creating a fake company so that he would never have to pay up what he owed.
Japanese knitted fabric supplier Toki Sen-I Co. just filed the lawsuit against Kanye West personally, as well as Yeezy Apparell, LLC.
Toki Sen says shortly after 2015, they got into business with Kanye to deliver samples for upcoming Yeezy sneakers, and at the time, everything went smoothly and payments were made.
However, in June 2018 Kanye placed a large order for various materials of fleece fabric, and they immediately went into production. Toki Sen wanted a down payment for the work, but claim Kanye never ponied up any money, but because of Kanye’s previous history they did not think there would be an issue.
They claim that Kanye later came to them and told them he would not be paying for the fabric. Toki Sen says they are owed $624,051 over the fabric, and have offered numerous payment plans to no avail.
The company also claims Kanye’s company, Yeezy Apparel, is a “shell” and a “sham” without capital assets or member interest. They believe Kanye operates Yeezy Apparel to prevent himself from being personally liable for anything.