Kanye West escorted out of Skechers California headquarters after showing up unannounced

It comes after the rapper's lucrative deal with adidas came to an end

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Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, was escorted out of the California headquarters of athletic shoemaker Skechers, after he showed up unannounced on Wednesday, a day after adidas ended its partnership with the artist following his anti-Semitic remarks.

The Grammy award winner, who legally changed his name to Ye, “arrived unannounced and without invitation” at Skechers corporate headquarters in Manhattan Beach, southwest of Los Angeles, the company said.

“Considering Ye was engaged in unauthorised filming, two Skechers executives escorted him and his party from the building after a brief conversation,” Skechers said.

“Skechers is not considering and has no intention of working with West,” the company said. “We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not tolerate anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech.”

Email messages sent to representatives for Ye weren’t immediately returned.

For weeks, Ye has made anti-Semitic comments in interviews and social media, including a Twitter post earlier this month. He was suspended from both Twitter and Instagram.

He apologised for the tweet on Monday.

On Tuesday, sportswear manufacturer adidas announced that it was ending a partnership with Ye, saying it doesn’t tolerate antisemitism and hate speech.

The German sneaker giant said it expected the decision to immediately stop production of its Yeezy products will cause a hit to its net income of up to €250 million ($246m). The collaboration with adidas had also made the rapper a billionaire.

The company had stuck with Ye through other controversies after he suggested slavery was a "choice" and called the Covid-19 vaccine the “mark of the beast”.

Other companies also have announced they were cutting ties with West, including Foot Locker, Gap, TJ Maxx, JPMorgan Chase bank and Vogue magazine. An MRC documentary about him was also scrapped.

Updated: October 27, 2022, 5:01 AM
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