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Adidas launches investigation into these conduct claims

Kanye West at an event announcing a partnership with Adidas on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

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adidas said it is investigating allegations made by employees related to musician Yeh’s conduct during his partnership with the German sportswear brand.

“At this time it is unclear whether the allegations made in the anonymous letter are true. However, we take these allegations very seriously and plan to launch an independent investigation into the matter immediately,” the company said in a statement late Thursday. Has decided.” Blame.”

it follows rolling stone article Published Tuesday with undisclosed allegations that Ye showed pornographic and sexual material to Yeezy employees during meetings and made sexual comments to female employees. CNBC has not independently verified the claims.

A representative for Yeh was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.

Rolling Stone also said that a group of former employees had sent an anonymous letter to Adidas accusing the company’s senior leaders of “turning a blind eye” to the behavior.

Adidas ended its partnership with Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, in October. It said his recent comments and actions were “unacceptable, disgusting and dangerous”.

Gap and Foot Locker then said they would remove Yeezy products from their stores. designer brands balenciaga announced that he was breaking up with the rapper and producer weeks ago.

Adidas also said it does not tolerate hate speech or offensive behavior and is in dialogue with employees about the events leading up to the end of the partnership.

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