A county Galway man, who was once Kanye West’s business manager, is suing the American superstar rapper for €4.5 million.
According to today’s Irish Independent, Thomas St. John, who is from near Tuam, and is head of the TSJ international accounting firm, has accused Kanye of refusing to pay 18 months' worth of fees after St. John was brought on as his business manager in March of this year.
Los Angeles-based accountancy expert St. John claimed that when he confronted Kanye about the €300,000-per-month retainer fee, the rapper grew 'heated and aggressive' and began swearing at him.
The lawsuit states: “He screamed at Mr. St. John and made clear he no longer wanted to work with him. When confronted by the 18-month commitment that had just been made, Mr. West stated words to the effect of 'The 18-month term was bulls***' and 'You’re insane for even thinking I would stick to it.”
The new legal action also spells trouble for West as his lawyers at the Greenberg Traurig, one of the largest legal firms in the world, said they would be severing ties with him.
American media site The Blast obtained court documents which showed St. John secured an 18-month contract with West as “assurance that Defendants would not simply walk away from the business relationship.”
But the Irishman claims West did just that after only paying fees for the first three months of service.
The lawsuit also states that the rapper has an unpaid balance of €900,000 as of October, and will owe an additional €3.6 million by November 2023, when the 18-month contract was set to end.