Why Kanye West's Yeezy Brand Is Suing A Former Intern
By Hayden Brooks
January 19, 2021
Kanye West's Yeezy brand is coming after a former intern for $500,000.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, the clothing brand is taking legal action against Ryan Inwards for allegedly sharing confidential photos on his personal Instagram account. He interned at the company from February 2020 until summer 2020. In a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the company claimed that they sent Inward multiple cease and deists letters but he continued to "publicly post Unauthorized Materials on social media sites."
PEOPLE reported that Yeezy is seeking punitive damages, as well as $500,000 for breach of contract as the company believes Inward acted maliciously. To sign on as an intern, Inward signed an NDA that included a liquidated damages provision for $500,000, which prohibited him from leaking confidential information about the company on social media platforms. In addition to the fine, Yeezy is also seeking an injunction mandating Inwards to turn over photos and be banned from posting anything similar about Yeezy in the future.
It's not the best way to kick off 2021 for Yeezy, but the clothing brand, which launched in 2015, has a big year ahead with its upcoming collaboration with Gap that is set to launch in-store and online in the coming months.
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