Kanye West faces two class action suits and up to $30 million in penalties, allegedly failing to pay up to 1,000 performers and crew members of his Sunday Service Shows.
According to Page Six, the cases were filed in Los Angeles last summer and are split between the performers and the crew: Frank Kim has more than 500 performers, while Harris & Ruble’s lawyers have more than 300 crew members, according to the outlet sources.
The lawsuits concern the of creation, per The Sun, of Ye’s first “opera,” Nebuchadnezzar, held at the Hollywood Bowl in November 2019. Kanye is accused of breaking California labour laws by failing to pay workers on time or not at all, and refusing overtime, meals and bathroom breaks.
Lawyers are also tracking down other suspected “victims” of Kanye’s Sunday Service Shows and currently have “dozens of people lined up to join the lawsuit meaning the final tally will be closer to 1,000 people,” a source told The Sun.
“People in the lawsuit are asking their friends who’ve worked on previous Sunday Services, and they’re jumping at the chance, they want to get involved and talk about their horrible time,” the insider added. “Now it’s about proving that Kanye is the employer and the buck stops with him. Now that there’s others coming forward, then the complaint will be amended and be bigger in scope.”
The source noted that “no one knows how involved Kanye himself was, if he knew what was going on, as it was all so last minute, it was terribly ran. Whether it was mismanagement, accidental, or on purpose, this is a very strong case.”