- A Yeezy employee said Kanye West frequently compared shoes to sex, according to Rolling Stone.
- The employee said West made comments about a shoe that he could ejaculate into.
- On Tuesday, former employees sent a letter to Adidas to address “the toxic and chaotic environment.”
A Yeezy employee said Kanye West, now known as Ye, frequently compared shoes to sex, according to a new report by Rolling Stone, detailing West’s alleged management style while working at the Adidas-run company.
Rolling Stone spoke with more than two dozen former staff members for Yeezy and Adidas. A high-ranking employee told the news outlet that during a job interview in 2018, West interrupted a candidate to tell her, “We create products of passion. I literally want to fuck my shoes. That’s how good they are.”
The candidate did not confirm or deny the story, but the employee said West made at least 10 comments to other colleagues about a shoe that West or a Yeezy consumer could ejaculate into. “Not a sex-toy sneaker but something that you were so into that you would wanna have an intimate relationship,” she said.
“He’d be, like, ‘literally fuck.’ He would be very clear on what that meant.”
The revelations follow a letter obtained by the news outlet and sent by former Yeezy employees to the executive board members and CEO of Adidas on Tuesday, asking them to address “the toxic and chaotic environment that Kanye West created” and “a very sick pattern of predacious behavior toward women.”
In the letter, the employees claim West showed staff members porn, and explicit images of Kim Kardashian and controlled employees through fear and manipulation. The letter alleges that Adidas management was aware of the rapper’s “problematic behavior” but “turned their moral compass off.”
Adidas did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
A spokesperson for Adidas provided Rolling Stone with a statement, saying the company “will not discuss private conversations, details, or events that lead [sic] to our decision to terminate the Adidas Yeezy partnership and decline to comment on any related speculation.”
West began his nine-year relationship with Adidas in 2013, helping to create a string of products including the NMD, Ultra Boost, and West’s Yeezy. On October 25, Adidas cut ties with West saying it “does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech,” following his antisemitic rant on Twitter.
A representative for Kardashian and a lawyer for West did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.