Adidas said it initiated the investigation after receiving an anonymous letter making several allegations against the musician.
Adidas has said it has launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by Kanye West after the German sporting goods manufacturer ended the collaboration with the rapper and fashion designer last month.
Adidas said it initiated the investigation after receiving an anonymous letter containing several allegations against the musician, now called Ye.
The investigation follows a report by Rolling Stone magazine detailing alleged incidents of inappropriate behavior by Ye towards staff and prospective employees. Rolling Stone cited interviews with more than two dozen former Yeezy and Adidas employees.
According to the magazine, former members of the team sent an anonymous letter to Adidas saying senior leaders at the company were aware of Ye’s behavior but were “turning a blind eye” and “turning off their moral compass.”
“It is currently not clear whether the allegations in an anonymous letter are true,” an Adidas spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters.
“However, we take these allegations very seriously and have made the decision to immediately launch an independent investigation into the matter to address the allegations.”
You were not immediately available for comment. News of the investigation was first reported by the Financial Times on Thursday.
Germany’s third-largest asset manager, Union Investment, wrote to Adidas on Thursday asking for more information about the claims, according to the Financial Times.
Union Investment did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Ye has sparked controversy in recent months by publicly ending major corporate ties and making outbursts against other celebrities on social media. His Twitter and Instagram accounts were blockedwith the social media platforms removing some of his posts condemning users for being anti-Semitic.