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Kanye West is DROPPED by Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez and top talent agency CAA

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Kanye West has been dropped by Camille Vasquez, the lawyer who defended Johnny Depp, as well as top talent agency CAA. 

Meanwhile, production studio MRC executives announced on Monday they are shelving a documentary they made about the 45-year-old rapper.

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They are now just the latest entities to break ties with the Gold Digger singer after he tweeted earlier this month he was planning to go to war with the Jewish people. 

A number of Jewish executives have since called West out for his hateful remarks, with DailyMail.com reporting that Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel penned an op-ed calling for all major brands to drop West.

He wrote that: ‘Those who continue to do business with West are giving his misguided hate an audience.’

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Even Kanye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian has now broken her silence, sharing her support for the Jewish people on Twitter Monday.

But sneaker company Adidas is so far continuing to maintain its business dealings with West, after previously announcing that their relationship was ‘under review.’

Kanye West has been dropped by Camille Vasquez, the lawyer who defended Johnny Depp, as well as top talent agency CAA

 Kanye West has been dropped by Camille Vasquez, the lawyer who defended Johnny Depp, as well as top talent agency CAA

Kanye West had hired Camille Vasquez (left), who famously defended Johnny Depp in his defamation trial, to handle his business interests. She is pictured on June 1, 2022

Kanye West had hired Camille Vasquez (left), who famously defended Johnny Depp in his defamation trial, to handle his business interests. She is pictured on June 1, 2022

It was also revealed on Monday that top talent agency CAA had cut ties with Kanye

It was also revealed on Monday that top talent agency CAA had cut ties with Kanye

West had hired Vasquez,  who gained national fame over her representation of Depp in his heated defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard, to represent his business interests amid ongoing disputes with Adidas.

But insiders at TMZ revealed on Monday that Camille informed her firm, Brown Rudnick, that she would no longer work with Kanye, after he doubled down on his anti-Semitic remarks. 

The firm still reportedly attempted to work with Kanye if he publicly retracted his remarks, but he refused to do so.

Companies cut ties with Kanye after anti-Semitic tweet 

A number of companies and entities have cut ties with Kanye West in recent weeks.

They include:

  • JP Morgan Chase
  • The Gap
  • CAA
  • Balenciaga
  • Production studio MRC 
  • Attorney Camille Vasquez 

 

As a source for The New York Post claimed: ‘After Ye doubled down this weekend, Camille dropped him. The firm still wanted to make it work but on the condition he retract, he wouldn’t – so he fired them.’ 

The law firm has previously declined to confirm to DailyMail.com whether or not it had secured West as a client. 

It was also revealed on Monday that top talent agency CAA had cut ties with Kanye, according to the LA Times.

The company announced it had stopped representing him at some point over the last month, after he made the anti-Semitic remarks. 

West has been represented by the company since 2016 after he left for one year for the agency UTA. 

 Meanwhile, MRC studio executives announced on Monday they are shelving a completed documentary it produced about the rapper.

In a memo to employees, executives Modi Wiczyk, Asif Satchu and Scott Tenley wrote: ‘We cannot support any content that amplifies his platform

MRC studio executives Modi Wiczyk, Asif Satchu and Scott Tenley announced in a memo Monday: “We cannot support any content that amplifies his platform.”

They went on to speak about the history of anti-Semitism and the effects Kanye’s remarks have had.

‘Kanye is a producer and sampler of music. Last week he sampled and remixed a classic tune that has charted for over 3000 years — the lie that Jews are evil and conspire to control the world for their own gain. 

‘This song was performed acapella in the time of the Pharaohs, Babylon and Rome, went acoustic with The Spanish Inquisition and Russia’s Pale of Settlement, and Hitler took the song electric,’ they wrote. ‘Kanye has now helped mainstream it in the modern era.’

The cuts come just days after Balenciaga announced that it dropped the troubled rapper as he continues his tirade calling for death to Jewish people who have wronged him and also calling President Biden the ‘r’ word.

Parent company Kering said the French fashion house would no longer be working on projects with the rapper and fashion designer who has legally changed his name to Ye. His ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, however, is continuing to model for the company.

‘Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist,’ Kering told WWD. 

Vasquez gained national fame after he masterful defense of Depp in his heated trial. She is seen in court on May 19, 2022

Vasquez gained national fame after he masterful defense of Depp in his heated trial. She is seen in court on May 19, 2022

Vasquez hugged Depp in court on May 17, 2022 following their victory

Vasquez hugged Depp in court on May 17, 2022 following their victory

Kanye promised to 'go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE' in a shocking tweet earlier this month

Kanye promised to ‘go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE’ in a shocking tweet earlier this month

But Adidas has so far maintained its relationship West, after previously announcing that their relationship was ‘under review.’

Adidas, a German company whose founders were members of the Nazi party, first launched its collaboration with West’s brand Yeezy in 2015.

West’s deal with Adidas is worth $220 million annually and $1.5 billion total, cites Forbes.

The sports brand company is now facing increased pressure to drop West from the Anti-Defamation League and Friends star David Schwimmer. 

 Schwimmer, 55, recently shared a video of West, 45, saying: ‘The thing I can say about Adidas is, I can literally say anti-Semitic s**t and they can’t drop me, I can say anti-Semitic things and Adidas can’t drop me. Now what? Now what?

Schwimmer captioned his post: ‘Now what, Adidas?’ before posting ‘Join me and the Anti-Defamation League in demanding Adidas #RunAwayFromHate and sharing a link to a petition from Campaign Against Antisemitism calling for West to be dropped.

He had previously called out West over his anti-Semitic posts, taking to Instagram to brand the star a ‘bigot’.

Sharing an image of the word ‘bYE’, Schwimmer wrote: ‘Jews make up only 2.4 percent of the population of the US but are the victims of more than 60 percent of all religious hate crimes.  

‘Whether or not Kanye West is mentally ill, there’s no question he is a bigot.

‘His hate speech calls for violence against Jews. If you interpret his words any other way and defend him, guess what? You are racist. 

‘If we don’t call someone as influential as Kanye out for his divisive, ignorant and anti-Semitic words then we are complicit. Silence is complicity.’

David Schwimmer has demanded Adidas drop Kanye West for making anti-Semitic remarks

 David Schwimmer has demanded Adidas drop Kanye West for making anti-Semitic remarks

Vile: The Friends actor, 55, shared a video of West, 45, saying: 'The thing I can say about Adidas is, I can literally say anti-Semitic s**t and they can't drop me'

Vile: The Friends actor, 55, shared a video of West, 45, saying: ‘The thing I can say about Adidas is, I can literally say anti-Semitic s**t and they can’t drop me’

The Friends actor shared a link to a petition from Campaign Against Antisemitism calling for West to be dropped -which has garnered more than 3000 signature

The Friends actor shared a link to a petition from Campaign Against Antisemitism calling for West to be dropped -which has garnered more than 3000 signature

The Anti-Defamation League  has also written an open letter to Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted and Chair Thomas Rabe urging the brand to drop West.

They wrote ‘In light of Kanye West’s increasingly strident anti-Semitic remarks over the past few weeks, we were disturbed to learn that Adidas plans to continue to release new products from his Yeezy brand without any seeming acknowledgement of the controversy surrounding his most recent remarks.

‘We urge Adidas to reconsider supporting the Ye product line and to issue a statement making clear that the Adidas company and community has no tolerance whatsoever for antisemitism.’ 

And on Monday, actress Valerie Bertinelli tweeted: ‘Hey @Adidas, you up?’

Schwimmer has previously called out West over his anti-Semitic posts, taking to Instagram to brand the star a 'bigot'

Schwimmer has previously called out West over his anti-Semitic posts, taking to Instagram to brand the star a ‘bigot’

On Monday, actress Valier Bertinelli tweeted: 'Hey @adidas you up?'

On Monday, actress Valier Bertinelli tweeted: ‘Hey @adidas you up?’

A number of major Jewish Hollywood executives have also called on companies to stop working with Kanye after he tweeted earlier this month that he planned to go ‘death con 3 on the Jewish people.’

Jeremy Zimmer, who leads UTA, sent a companywide email on Sunday entitled Rise of Anti-Semitism and Hate denouncing the spread of anti-Semitism.

In his email, Zimmer referenced a widely-circulated photo of a group of people giving a Nazi salute on the 405 freeway overpass in Los Angeles with a sign reading ‘Kanye is right about the Jews.’ 

‘We can’t support hate speech, bigotry or anti-Semitism,’ Zimmer wrote. ‘Please support the boycott of Kanye West.’

Endeavor and WME mogul Ari Emanuel, meanwhile, penned a column in The Financial Times saying  that there should be ‘no tolerance anywhere for West’s anti-Semitism.’

He encouraged brands to full-stop cease partnering and working with the designer, writing: ‘Apple and Spotify, which host West’s music, whoever organizes West’s tours, and Adidas, which collaborates with West on his fashion line, should all stop working with him.

As Emanuel explained: ‘Those who continue to do business with West are giving his misguided hate an audience.’

‘West is not just any person — he is a pop culture icon with millions of fans around the world. And among them are young people whose views are still being formed. ‘

And Gersh agency President Bob Gersh told Variety: ‘People really need to hammer these companies in business with him to impress upon them how wrong it is to support somebody like this.’

DailyMail.com had contacted representatives for Adidas and West for comment at the time. 

Endeavor and WME mogul Ari Emanuel penned a column in The Financial Times saying that there should be 'no tolerance anywhere for West's anti-Semitism.'

Endeavor and WME mogul Ari Emanuel penned a column in The Financial Times saying that there should be ‘no tolerance anywhere for West’s anti-Semitism.’

A widely-circulated photo shows a group of people giving a Nazi salute on the 405 freeway overpass in Los Angeles with a sign reading 'Kanye is right about the Jews

A widely-circulated photo shows a group of people giving a Nazi salute on the 405 freeway overpass in Los Angeles with a sign reading ‘Kanye is right about the Jews

Meanwhile, Kanye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian finally broke her silence Monday on West’s anti-Semitic remarks.

The 42-year-old took to Twitter to publicly support the Jewish community and condemn any hate speech on Monday morning.

‘Hate speech is never OK or excusable. I stand together with the Jewish community and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric toward them to come to an immediate end,’ the billionaire wrote.

She was spotted Friday arriving to nine-year-old daughter North’s basketball game in LA with her eldest son Saint, six, – with ex Kanye shortly arriving to the game as well. 

Kanye, who recently said he and Kim were only divorced ‘on paper,’ was seen arriving to the game separately looking somber, amid his string of controversies. 

He recently reignited tensions between himself and Kim by airing out their custody issues and making claims about the SKIMS founder in the media.

But Kim has reportedly distanced herself from the rapper and ‘isn’t answering Kanye’s calls,’ according to TMZ.

On Monday, Kim finally broke her silence on ex husband Kanye West amid his anti-Semitic scandal

On Monday, Kim finally broke her silence on ex husband Kanye West amid his anti-Semitic scandal

The 42-year-old took to Twitter to publicly support the Jewish community and condemn any hate speech on Monday morning. She is pictured on Friday

The 42-year-old took to Twitter to publicly support the Jewish community and condemn any hate speech on Monday morning. She is pictured on Friday

Adidas’ ties with Hitler and Nazi Germany  

The Dassler brothers, who took the trade names of Adidas and Puma, began shoe production in the 1920s in their hometown of Herzogenaurach, Germany, a hot spot for shoe making in Bavaria with more than 100 individual shoemakers.

What distinguished Rudolf and Adolf ‘Adi’ Dassler was not just their willingness to become members of the Nazi party, ensuring their business success under Aryan domination, but their ambitions.

With the expansion of the war in December 1943, Hitler converted civilian business operations to military manufacturing.

Now instead of making sports shoes, the Dasslers produced boots for Nazi soldiers as well as the Panzerschreck bazookas in their factory.

Both brothers were called to duty with Rudolf joining the Gestapo.

Adi served only one year while his brother stayed in until the end of the war.

When Rudolf found himself in an American internment camp, he suspected he had been denounced by his brother who was now busy making baseball and basketball boots for Americans.

A lifelong grudge separated the brothers. The one company was split — Adi started ‘Adidas’ and Rudolf launched ‘Puma’.

But West and Adidas had already been having a rocky relationship even before Kanye tweeted his plans to go ‘death con 3 on the Jewish people.’

The German sporting goods maker revealed earlier this month they were reviewing their business dealings with the outspoken musician following his very public criticism of the company and their CEO.

It also came after Ye shocked fans by wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt design at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris, only to double down on the matter in an Instagram post saying that when people ask why he made the shirt he replies that it’s because ‘They do.’

‘After repeated efforts to privately resolve the situation, we have taken the decision to place the partnership under review. We will continue to co-manage the current product during this period,’ Adidas announced.

‘Adidas has always been about creativity, innovation and supporting athletes and artists to achieve their vision. The adidas Yeezy partnership is one of the most successful collaborations in our industry’s history,’ the company said.

‘We also recognize that all successful partnerships are rooted in mutual respect and shared values.’

CNBC, which first reported the news, said West had been publicly critical of Adidas and its CEO and told the broadcaster that the German group was copying his ideas. Adidas has been partnering with West since 2013, CNBC said.

Bloomberg reported that Ye holds $122 million cash and stock, but that his corporate deals make him a billionaire.

The Yeezy brand earned $191 billion in royalties in 2020 from the Adidas deal, according to USB Group AG.

Following Adidas’ announcement about the future of their partnership, West took to Instagram, writing: ‘F**K ADIDAS I AM ADIDAS ADIDAS RAPED AND STOLE MY DESIGNS.’

Ye recently shocked fans when he wore a 'White Lives Matter' T-shirt design at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris

Ye recently shocked fans when he wore a ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt design at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris

It comes as Kanye has lost a major business deal with fashion house Balenciaga. Pictured: Kanye West attending an event with Candace Owens on October 12

West, pictured on October 1 during Paris Fashion Week, has previously been dropped as a partner from Balenciaga as the company stated it ‘has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects’ with him

The Yeezy brand earned $191 billion in royalties in 2020 from the Adidas deal, according to USB Group AG. Kanye is pictured with one of his sneakers in 2019

The Yeezy brand earned $191 billion in royalties in 2020 from the Adidas deal, according to USB Group AG. Kanye is pictured with one of his sneakers in 2019

News about Adidas putting the partnership under review came less than a month after West’s lawyers sent a letter to Gap Inc notifying the apparel chain he was terminating his partnership with the company.

Adidas’ statement comes amid an on-going public clash with Kanye who’s been continually going after the sportswear giant on his social media, as he says the company has pilfered his ideas and kept him out of the loop in terms of marketing the product.

In recent months West has ranted about the company, posted pictures of its board members, and called out CEO Kasper Rorsted, even creating fake image of a New York Times front page that claimed Rorsted had died. 

The rapper has garnered support from a number of his contemporaries in the hip-hop community, such as Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Swizz Beatz and T.I. who wowed to boycott the brand. 

Ye's public disagreements with brands have created a corporate headache after other public figures like Sean Combs and Swizz Beatz declared a public boycott on Adidas

Ye’s public disagreements with brands have created a corporate headache after other public figures like Sean Combs and Swizz Beatz declared a public boycott on Adidas

Earlier this month, Ye was on a social media blitz against the two clothing companies, accusing Adidas of seizing creative control over the Yeezy brand and stealing his design ideas to produce shoes similar to his Boost trainers. He also claimed that the shoe company ripped off his design for slides.

‘No one should be held in that position where people can steal from them and say we’re just paying you to shut up,’ he told Bloomberg. ‘That destroys innovation. That destroys creativity. That’s what destroyed Nikola Tesla.’

He’s hammered Adidas executives with a series of mocking Instagram posts until, he claims, his lawyers stepped in and asked him to stop.

In some of the posts, he superimposed Adidas executive Daniel Cherry’s head on another person’s body and created mocking videos of the corporate leader.

Ye also went after JPMorgan Chase, where he holds much of his money after switching from a small Wyoming bank, for not backing him in his war against the popular clothing brands.

‘I’ve went to JP Morgan but of course they won’t give me no deal flow cause Jin(g) Ulrich is on the board of both Adidas and JP Morgan. What shoe company will give me control. I need to be the head of the board and chief decision maker,’ he posted.

Jing Ulrich is the Chase vice chare of investment banking. Ye also tried to get banking titan Jamie Dimon on the phone, but was ghosted by the financier.

‘I feel like there’s a lot of controlling and handling to suppress my ability to affect the American economy and industry,’ the rapper said of Chase.   

In July 2020, Gap stock dipped 7.4 percent after he threatened to pull out of deals with the clothing company a month after he signed the partnership with his Yeezy brand.

He threatened to do the same to the international sneaker maker.

The musician’s public disagreements with the brands have created a corporate headache after other public figures like Sean Combs and Swizz Beatz declared a public boycott on Adidas.

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