Kanye West has been ordered to pay $300K after he lost his Yeezy SHDZ lawsuit HipHopDX reports. The rapper was sued by Katelyn Mooney who was hired to be a creative director for a last-minute photoshoot for his Yeezy SHDZ campaign. The shoot was held on September 13 and she was able to complete the project. She alleges however that Kanye never paid her for their “agreed-upon” amount. Mooney says she was supposed to be paid $110,000 but only received $15,000 from the rapper.
“Ms. Mooney was to be fully responsible for every aspect of the photo shoot, including but not limited to hiring models, reserving studio space, procuring lighting, catering, pre-production, and post-production,” the suit reads. “Yeezy had no issues with Ms. Mooney’s work or the final delivered product.”
The suit added that Ye only paid Mooney $15,000. It resulted in financial hardship for the mother of three “due to Yeezy’s failure to timely pay her.” Mooney requested $110,250 in statutory damages, but on Tuesday (May 2) Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits ruled that Ye must instead give the creative director over $300,000 after he failed to even respond to her suit.
According to The New York Post, the final amount is around $95,000 in actual damages. The additional $205,000 in statutory damages, according to the judgment.
This is not the only lawsuit that Kanye has been a part of as of late. The rapper is currently in a legal situation involving his ex-business partner Thomas St. John, who is suing the Yeezy founder for $4.5M in damages. $900k is for the months St. John claims he was not paid, and the rest ($3.6M) is for the remainder of the contract. He’s also looking for punitive damages as well.
Ye is countersuing St. John, stating he took advantage of him during his divorce from Kim Kardashian. The rapper claims the deal he made with St. John isn’t enforceable. Kanye says he signed it without help from a lawyer when he was “sleep-deprived, stressed, anxious, and under duress.”