As far back as the public can remember, Kanye West has been infamous for saying some very divisive things. People are accustomed to his saying what he thinks about a variety of issues, whether it be on social media, via his clothing line, or in a presidential campaign.
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But in recent weeks, Ye has been made to answer for his words, and after losing commercial partnerships and maybe facing a $250 million lawsuit from George Floyd’s family, the rapper may require significant legal support, and he is rumoured to have found it in Johnny Depp’s now-famous attorney Camille Vasquez.
According to TMZ, Kanye West has recruited Camille Vasquez of the Brown Rudnick company to manage his financial dealings. Vasquez became well-known after defending the Pirates of the Caribbean star in the publicized defamation case against Amber Heard, which lasted for six weeks.
In September, a jury sided with Johnny Depp and awarded him $10 million in damages from his ex-wife. A spokesperson for Vasquez has yet to react to TMZ’s request for comment as of this writing.
The “True Love” singer reportedly recruited Robert Stephan Cohen, a former attorney for Melinda Gates, in September to represent him in his ongoing divorce procedures from Kim Kardashian.
The rapper has been mired in controversy over the last several weeks.
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He made headlines when he wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt to a Yeezy show, drawing criticism from many people, including Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson and models Gigi Hadid and Hailey Bieber, and prompting Adidas to reevaluate its partnership with Kanye West.
The rapper allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks during his appearance on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight on October 7. Ye’s Instagram account was temporarily disabled after he made a series of similarly provocative posts, and Howard Stern had some strong opinions regarding Ye’s antics being forgiven owing to his bipolar illness.
In a subsequent appearance on the Drink Champs podcast, Ye revealed allegations about the 2020 murder of George Floyd, in which Floyd was killed by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine and a half minutes.
Ye said that fentanyl, not the ex-“not officer’s even on his neck like that,” was the real reason for Floyd’s death. Despite Revolt TV removing the podcast episode from broadcast, the harm has already been done.
In addition to potentially being sued for $250 million in defamation, Kanye West also lost his partnership with Balenciaga, with the brand’s parent company Kering. Perhaps the reported hire of Camille Vasquez by Ye is his latest attempt to attract top talent.