Kanye West's Signature Forged For $900K Deal?
TMZ reported over the weekend that Kanye West was a victim of identity fraud after someone allegedly forged his signature. Sources close to the situation told the publication that someone described as a G.O.O.D. Music "associate" secretly contacted Philipp Plein, who was setting up an event for New York Fashion Week on Monday (February 11th). The associate apparently misrepresented himself to Plein as Kanye’s rep and began negotiations for Kanye to perform for $900,000.
According to The Blast, the $900,000 advance was paid in three different transactions. On January 31st, $600,000 and $150,000 were wired to Donda S. House Inc., and another $150,000 was sent to Burundi Partlow Consulting. Burundi Partlow Consulting reportedly put Plein’s team in touch with Ye’s associate, Malik Yusef, who was once signed to G.O.O.D. Music.
The fraudulent contract features Yusef’s signature, however he said that he was "not aware" of any problems regarding the fake deal. Yusef told TMZ, "Me and Kanye we got a foundation together." He went on to say that Kanye told him to get the performance funded and explained that he intended to send the money back when he realized Kanye wasn’t actually going to perform. He added, "This is customary for us to do sh*t like this. This has been in the works, this started last February." Yusef also said that he didn’t forge Ye’s signature, instead, he used a stamp.
He said, "Ain't no forgery, dog. We have a foundation together. I ain't never took nothing from Kanye, not even his name. Barely take his f**king advice."
Meanwhile, according to Complex, a rep for Kanye said, "Malik Yusef is certainly in no position to negotiate a deal, receive money, or forge Kanye's signature or sign any contracts on his behalf."
KANYE SUED OVER ‘ULTRALIGHT BEAM’ PRAYER SAMPLE
In other news, Kanye is facing a lawsuit over a sample used on his 2016 album, The Life of Pablo. The plaintiffs, Andrew and Shirley Green, who are the adoptive parents of the little girl whose voice is heard in the album’s "Ultralight Beam" are suing the rapper. The little girl went viral after a video of her reciting a prayer hit the net. Kanye used the audio on the track after receiving permission from the girl’s biological mom. However, the adoptive parents claim the child’s birth parent was not authorized to give permission, as they took over her parental rights in December 2012.
The Greens claim that Kanye never sent a written license agreement and payment to the biological mother, as he allegedly promised. The plaintiffs are seeking profits from "Ultralight Beam" as well as unspecified damages.