The rapper formerly known as Kanye West was escorted out of the California headquarters of athletic shoe manufacturer Skechers after he showed up unannounced on Wednesday, a day after Adidas ended its partnership with the artist following his anti-Semitic comments.
The Grammy winner, who legally changed his name to Ye, “arrived unannounced and uninvited” at Skechers’ corporate headquarters in Manhattan Beach, southwest of Los Angeles, the company said.
“Because Ye was involved in unauthorized filming, two Skechers executives escorted him and his group out of the building after a brief chat,” the company said in a statement.
“Skechers is considering and has no intention of working with West,” the company said. “We condemn his recent divisive statements and have no tolerance for anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech.”
The rapper’s Instagram account – which had been suspended for anti-Semitic comments – was reposted Tuesday night. A new message, showing a screenshot of a text message that appears to have come from a contact at a high-profile law firm, indicated when Ye could resume making clothes and new shoe designs.
Message details could not be verified; Email messages sent to Ye representatives were not immediately bounced back.
For weeks, Ye has made anti-Semitic comments in interviews and social media, including a Twitter post earlier this month that he would soon become “Death Cheat 3 vs. JEWISH PEOPLE,” an apparent reference to the US Defense Preparedness Scale known as DEFCON. His posts led to his suspension from both Twitter and Instagram.
He apologized for Monday’s tweet.
On Tuesday, sportswear maker Adidas announced it was ending a partnership with Ye that helped make him a billionaire, saying it does not tolerate anti-Semitism and hate speech.
The German sneaker giant said it expects the decision to immediately cease production of its Yeezy products would hurt its net profit by up to 250 million euros ($246 million).
The company had also sided with Ye in other controversies after he suggested slavery was a choice and called the COVID-19 vaccine a “mark of the beast.”
Other companies have also announced they will cut ties with Ye, including Foot Locker, Gap, TJ Maxx, bank JPMorgan Chase and Vogue magazine. An MRC documentary about him was also deleted.