Kanye West Faces Costly Fallout
The “Love’s Not A Crime” rapper could be hit with class-action lawsuits from five women accusing him of sexual assault.
A class-action lawsuit was filed Tuesday against rapper Kanye West and his management firm, YMC.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, demands a large settlement from West’s management company, with payments to be made out of a class-action fund. West’s mother, Donda West, was also named as a plaintiff in the suit and the claims include incidents dating back to 2003.
The complaint states West has caused “great emotional distress, severe emotional distress, and humiliation” to five women. Five other class-action claims in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside or San Bernardino County were also filed in July 2010 against West and YMC for alleged sexual misconduct, among other things.
The complaint alleges West made unwanted sexual contact in a variety of ways with people who were not his wife or girlfriend, who did not perform sexual acts with West and whose relationship with him ended before the encounters. The victims are also seeking at least $25 million in damages.
The lawsuits include claims for sexual assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, sexual assault, battery, negligent infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery, negligent infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy, and infliction of emotional distress.
West has been battling several sexual-misconduct claims for more than a year.
In December, YMC denied the claims saying they were based on “false allegations” against the company.
In that same decision, YMC said it would settle with five women who had come forward to the company, accusing West of making unwanted sexual advances towards them and then pressuring them to meet up for sexual encounters.
The settlement with the women said West would pay about $5.3 million to settle the claims and would not admit any wrongdoing.
West said in December he has “no knowledge of the claims.”
“The last time anyone saw me was in the studio on Christmas. I was on the road and I thought I just went on the road and took some time out, but they found my black Ford F-150 pick up truck in the parking lot. This is a small town,” West said.