Adidas announced on Thursday that it had launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by Kanye West, after the German sporting goods maker ended its partnership with the sporting goods company last month. rapper and fashion designer.
adidas He said he launched the investigation after receiving an anonymous letter with various accusations against the musician.
The investigation follows a magazine report rolling stones detailing alleged incidents of inappropriate behavior by yes towards staff and potential employees. rolling stones cited interviews with more than two dozen former employees of yeezy and Adidas.
According to the magazine, former team members sent an anonymous letter to Adidas saying that the company’s top leaders were aware of Adidas’s behavior. Kanye Westbut they had “turned a blind eye” and “turned off their moral compass”.
“It is currently unclear whether the allegations made in an anonymous letter are true,” an Adidas spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters.
“However, we take these allegations very seriously and have made the decision to initiate a research independent on the matter immediately to address the allegations.”
West could not immediately be reached for comment. News of the investigation was first reported by the Financial Times Thursday.
Union Investmentwhich owns a 0.76% stake in Adidas, wrote to the company requesting more information on the claims.
“Adidas needs to disclose when management and the supervisory board were first informed about the internal accusationssaid Janne Werning, who heads ESG Capital Markets & Stewardship at Union Investment, in a statement to Reuters.
West has generated controversy in recent months by publicly ending major corporate ties and blowing up on social networks against other celebrities. your accounts Twitter and instagram were restricted, and social media platforms removed some of their posts that users condemned as antisemites. (rts)