Report: Kanye West hires Johnny Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez

Kanye West has reportedly employed Johnny Depp’s defamation trial legal professional Camille Vasquez to characterize his enterprise pursuits amid his brewing public-picture and enterprise crises.

The rapper-entrepreneur, who legally modified his title to Ye a yr in the past, is alleged to have retained nationwide legal guidelines agency Brown Rudnick to characterize him as his contracts and affords evaporate following his spate of antisemitic remarks and false claims with regard to the demise of George Floyd, whose household is suing the rapper for harassment, misappropriation and defamation.

Vasquez is alleged to be amongst the numerous group of attorneys on the agency that he employed, TMZ reported Friday.

Representatives for Ye, Vasquez and Brown Rudnick did not immediately reply Friday to The occasions’ requests for affirmation.

Vasquez is a companion at Brown Rudnick’s Irvine-primarily based operation and have become a world film star all by way of final spring’s bombshell defamation trial between Depp and his ex-spouse Amber Heard. Vasquez turned a star amongst Depp supporters on social media and a sought-after expertise inside the enterprise realm.

TMZ reported that the agency will not be representing the rapper all by way of his protracted divorce proceedings with actuality star Kim Kardashian. For that job, Ye just recently employed Robert Stephan Cohen of latest York’s Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP, who represented Melinda Gates in her chop up from Microsoft co-founder invoice Gates.

The Vasquez hiring report comes the identical day vogue residence Balenciaga, which has prolonged collaborated with the performer and had him stroll in its current Paris vogue Week current, introduced that it had minimize ties with Ye.

“Balenciaga has not any relationship nor any plans for future tasks associated to this artist,” the mannequin’s guardian agency Kering mentioned in a brief assertion Friday.

worldwide manufacturers have been distancing themselves from the Grammy winner for months following his unrelenting outbursts on social media, which in the end led to his ban from Instagram and Twitter (and a transfer to buy proper-wing platform Parler).

previous collaborators collectively with Adidas and attire large hole Inc. have additionally been on the receiving finish of West’s tirades, collectively with Kardashian, her household, her ex-boyfriend Pete Davidson and “The day by day current” host Trevor Noah.

In current weeks, the “Yeezus” rapper ignited a firestorm all by way of Paris vogue Week when he posed subsequent to conservative political commentator Candace Owens, each sporting “White Lives Matter” T-shirts. After going by way of broad criticism, he posted that he was about to “Go demise con three on JEWISH of us,” which prompted Instagram and later Twitter to pull the plug on his accounts.

He then went on Tucker Carlson’s Fox information current and in unaired footage mentioned that somebody had planted “faux kids” in his residence “to sexualize my youngsters.” In footage that did air, he accused Jared Kushner, who’s Jewish, of engaged on the Abraham Accords (between center japanese nations and Israel) “to earn money.”

And final yr, following the discharge of “Donda,” Ye ended his tackle longtime report label Def Jam as effectively.

On Monday, Parler introduced that it had entered into an settlement to promote the social-media agency to West. (Parler, whose chief authorities, George Farmer, is married to Owens, was briefly de-platformed from Google‘s and Apple’s app shops in January 2021 following the riot at the U.S. Capitol; it has since been restored on each.)

occasions workers writers August Brown and Anousha Sakoui contributed to this report.