- An independent creative director is suing Kanye West’s Yeezy brand, claiming it owes $95,000.
- Katelyn Mooney says she accepted a $110,000 honorarium for the work she did, but only got paid $15,000.
- The complaint says Mooney had to take out a loan to cover his rent due to the late payment.
An independent creative director is suing Kanye West’s Yeezy brand, claiming it owes approximately $95,000 in unpaid fees.
Katelyn Mooney, a New York-based creative director, was hired to shoot West’s SHDZ line of sunglasses in September on an “extremely tight schedule,” according to court documents.
The complaint says that Yeezy had not complained about Mooney’s work or the final product, but had since only paid her $15,000 of the $110,000 she agreed with Yeezy employees via text message.
Mooney filed a lawsuit against Yeezy in a New York court on December 7.
Court documents say the freelancer sent an invoice to the company and repeatedly demanded to be paid.
The mother-of-three also claimed that Yeezy’s inability to “pay her on time” meant she had to take out a “heavy loan and max out her credit cards just to cover her rent and other bills. “, according to court documents.
The complaint states that: “This abuse of an independent freelancer was the exact type of exploitative conduct that the Freedom Is Not Free Act (FIFA) was enacted to remedy.”
Representatives for Mooney and Yeezy did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside of normal working hours.
West’s Yeezy brand has been plagued with controversy in recent months. In October, Adidas ended its partnership with West citing “hateful and dangerous” comments made by the rapper.
Since then, several Yeezy employees have spoken out against a toxic work environment created during the Adidas-Yeezy partnership. Adidas has since launched an investigation into accusations of ignoring West’s alleged inappropriate behavior.
Yeezy also owes the state of California $600,000 in unpaid taxes, with legal claims dating back to 2020.