New legal documents obtained by TMZ reveal that Kanye West has been sued by Gap for over $2 million. The lawsuit surrounds the musician’s failed partnership with the brand, which officially ended last year. Gap is being sued by the company Art City Center, who claim they leased a building out to Gap to act as a storefront for Ye’s collaboration with the clothing company. The company is now suing Gap for unauthorized changes made to the building during the lease. Gap claims that West is responsible to pay the damages, reporting that their contract with the artist calls for them not to be liable in an instance such as this.
Last year, Gap revealed that they’d be ending their partnership with West due to various antisemitic statements he made publicly. “In September, GAP announced ending its Yeezy GAP partnership,” a 2022 statement from the brand read. The statement continued, “Our former partner’s recent remarks and behavior further underscore why. We are taking immediate steps to remove Yeezy Gap product from our stores and we have shut down YeezyGap.com.”
Gap Is Being Sued
Prior to Ye’s partnership with Gap ending in 2022, he shared a message to the company’s executives on Instagram. He called his collaboration with the brand “a life mission,“ and not “celebrity marketing.” “You have to really give me the position to be Ye and do what I’m thinking or I’m going to have to do what I’m thinking somewhere else. Because if there’s one thing I learned from Virgil, if something’s killing you, it’s actually killing you,” he said.
West continued, saying, “This is the moment. There will never be an opportunity with a guy like me that cares this much about specifically this brand and has done this until this point. We are like Tom Brady waking people up at 2 am during COVID but he went back and got that ring.” Ye then gave the company an ultimatum, saying, “You either believe me or I’m going to show you. I can either show you facing this way [back facing the executives] or facing this way [frontward].”