Yeezy Is Suing a Former Intern Over His Instagram Posts
Ryan Inwards allegedly violated his non-disclosure agreement, and could owe $500,000 in damages.
Kanye West's Yeezy brand is suing a former intern for posting confidential content on Instagram, and is seeking a half-million dollars in damages.
According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, the fashion company argued that intern, Ryan Inwards — who worked at the label from last February to summer — violated his non-disclosure agreement by sharing unauthorized brand photos to his personal social media account. Yeezy further alleged that he refused to remove the material from his grid even after receiving multiple cease and desist letters.
The contract Inwards signed prohibited him from disclosing or disseminating privileged information on social media, and reportedly included a $500,000 liquidated damages provision to encourage compliance. In addition to the half a million dollars, Yeezy is also requesting punitive damages, as they believe Inwards acted maliciously.
Furthermore, the brand is seeking an injunction that mandates Inwards turn over the images and be banned from posting them in the future.
West launched his monochromatic streetwear empire back in 2015, and most recently signed a deal with the Gap for a clothing collaboration that's set to launch in-store and online this year.