Kanye West praised Hitler or Nazis in the workplace, alleged settlement: NBC

  • Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, recently made a series of anti-Semitic remarks on social media.
  • A fallout ensued between Ye’s biggest corporate partnerships, including Gap and Adidas.
  • A report from NBC News reveals that the rapper made anti-Semitic remarks for several years.

A former employee has accused Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, of praising Hitler or the Nazis on more than one occasion during business meetings, according to a settlement reviewed by NBC News.

The NBC News report follows similar reporting from CNN and alleges Ye made anti-Semitic remarks long before the rapper’s recent anti-Semitic comments, which led Gap, Adidas, Balenciaga and other companies to end their partnerships. with the music mogul.

NBC News did not release further details of the settlement to protect the former employee’s identity, but reviewed Ye’s documents and proof of payment.

The settlement showed how the former employee alleged Ye had praised Hitler or the Nazis repeatedly at business meetings, according to NBC News. Ye denied the claims in the settlement, according to the report.

A representative for Ye did not respond to a request for comment.

NBC News spoke to six people who worked for Ye, worked with him, or witnessed an incident at TMZ, alleging the rapper made anti-Semitic comments dating back to at least 2018, and one person alleged there is 7 years.

Ryder Ripps, who identifies himself as a concept artist on his website and who told NBC News that he sporadically collaborated with West between 2014 and 2018, reminded NBC News how the rapper shared conspiracy theories about the Jewish people and complimented the Nazis.

“He had told me a bunch of bullshit about ‘Nazis being good at propaganda,'” Ripps, who is Jewish, told the outlet. Additionally, Ripps said the rapper has also repeatedly made curious claims about Jews having “codes.”

“He said things like ‘Jews have the codes’ a lot,” Ripps told the publication.

Ripps said he pushed back against Ye’s comments at the time, but thought they weren’t “that dangerous” until the rapper recently doubled down on his conspiracy theories about Jewish people and his comments. anti-Semitic.

“With this pattern happening and with the doubling and tripling of it all, it’s pretty obvious that this is some kind of disgusting, hateful, weird Nazi obsession,” Ripps said.

A former employee who worked with Ye for three years told NBC News that the rapper brought up Hitler on several occasions, in some cases praising him. The employee spoke to the outlet on condition of anonymity due to several non-disclosure agreements they signed while working for the artist.

In a 2018 meeting, the former employee alleged that Ye said Hitler “had good qualities” and “wasn’t that bad.”

In another instance, the employee felt that Ye praised the dictator just to gauge the reaction in the room: “He would say, ‘I even love Hitler,’ and then he would like to pause for the reactions.”

An unnamed business executive who worked for Ye told CNN last week that Ye would “praise Hitler saying how amazing it was that he was able to amass so much power and talk about all the great things he and the Nazi Party did for the German people.”

The rapper has been mired in recent controversy for wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt, claiming George Floyd died of a drug overdose and made several anti-Semitic comments on social media and in interviews. Ye has since apologized for his comments about Floyd and appeared to apologize for his anti-Semitic comments in an interview with Piers Morgan – but later doubled down on those statements.

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