As his business empire continues to crumble, Kanye West has hired Johnny Depp’s former attorney, Camille Vasquez, to represent him, the Los Angeles Times reports. The rapper and entrepreneur is now in business with law firm Brown Rudnick to help negotiate his legal troubles as his contracts and deals dry up.
Here’s the deal
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- Kanye West needs Camille Vasquez to help him out of some serious trouble. Brands and businesses have been dropping their work with West after his recent antisemitic comments and false claims about the death of George Floyd. The most recent was fashion giant Balenciaga. Despite the brand having a longstanding relationship with West, it officially cut ties with him on October 21. “Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist,” the company’s parent firm, Kering, said in a statement.
- Balenciaga isn’t the only company to move away from West. The rapper’s relationships with Adidas and Gap have also gone south. JP Morgan, where West’s business funds are held, also told him to bank elsewhere. Between his “White Lives Matter” stunt at Paris Fashion Week to his threats against Jewish people on Twitter, it seems no one wants anything to do with him anymore.
- Vasquez and her colleagues are not involved in his divorce proceedings. According to TMZ, his ongoing negotiations with ex-wife Kim Kardashian are not part of the law firm’s dealings with West. He instead recently hired Robert Stephan Cohen of Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP in New York to do so.
- It’s unclear exactly what Camille Vasquez and her colleagues can do for Kanye West. Assuming the contracts are legally able to be ended without penalty, there’s no case. In other words, it’s unlikely the rapper will be due any sort of compensation. Nevertheless, it’s doubtful we’ve seen the end of West’s legal troubles.