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Irishman sues Kanye West for 4.5 million euros

Former Kanye West business manager Thomas St. John accused Ye of refusing to pay 18 months of fees

Thomas St. John, who hails from near Tuam Co Galway and runs international accountancy firm TSJ, accused West of refusing to pay 18 months’ fees after St. John was named chief commercial officer in March this year.

Los Angeles-based accounting expert St. John claimed that when he confronted Kanye about the €300,000-a-month fee, the rapper became “heated and aggressive” and started insulting him. .

The lawsuit states, “He yelled at Mr. St. John and made it clear that he no longer wanted to work with him. When confronted with the 18 month commitment that had just been made, Mr West said words to the effect of ‘The 18 month term was *** bulls’ and ‘You are mad to think that I would stick to it.” ‘

The new lawsuit is also causing problems for West, as his lawyers at Greenberg Traurig, one of the world’s largest law firms, have said they will sever ties with him.

US media site The Blast obtained court documents which showed St. John entered into an 18-month contract with West as “assurance that the defendants would not simply walk away from the business relationship”.

But the Irishman claims West did just that after only paying the fee for the first three months of service.

The lawsuit also says the rapper has an outstanding balance of €900,000 as of October and will owe another €3.6 million by November 2023, when the 18-month contract was due to end.

TSJ explained that he was initially excited to work with West and had to turn down two other potential clients to work with rapper Yeezy’s controversial company.

The Sunday World contacted the Los Angeles office of Thomas St John and spoke to his assistant. She said she would forward our call. When asked to confirm he was from Ireland, she replied: “Yes he is.”

St John did not respond to an email request from us for more information. His official profile reads: “Thomas St John is the founder of Thomas St John Group, the leading international tax, accounting and business management firm for sport and entertainment.

“He has deep and extensive expertise in international taxation, intellectual property rights and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Thomas also provides personal planning and business transaction advice to high net worth individuals, including world-renowned sports and music personalities.

“Over the past 14 years, the firm has grown to over 150 professionals based in Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam and future expansions in Sweden, Australia and other countries. Additionally, Thomas St John provides strategic advice – using global industry expertise, providing real clarity, helping to plan and manage long-term business and finances.

St John holds a BSc (Hons) Theoretical Physics from the University of Hertfordshire in England, and is a US Treasury Registered Agent and FSA (UK) Capital Markets (inactive) certificate holder.

Tuam residents say Mr St John was spotted socializing in a well-known pub in the town in September, after his father’s funeral.

The split between West and TSJ comes as the Gold Digger singer’s empire appears to be faltering over his anti-Semitic behavior and comments, with his Greenberg legal team appearing to want to let him down as a client.

“We are taking action in response to the reported remarks in accordance with ethical obligations and the rules of the courts,” the American company, founded by three Jewish men, said in a statement.

“We condemn anti-Semitism and all hate speech or bigotry, which is contrary to the fundamental values ​​in which we believe and live.”

Greenberg’s attorneys are currently defending the rapper and his businesses in a civil lawsuit brought by New York-based Ultra International Music Publishing, and in a federal lawsuit brought by California artists hired to work on his 2019 opera Nebuchadnezzar.

The rapper was embarrassingly escorted out of Skechers headquarters in California last weekend after showing up unannounced to showcase his shoe and apparel brand Yeezy, a day after he was dropped by Adidas and having his songs banned by Peloton.

West’s fortune has plummeted to around 400 million euros following recent controversies.

The 45-year-old was in a high-profile marriage to Kim Kardashian from 2014 until their divorce earlier this year.

The couple spent part of their 2014 honeymoon in Ireland, staying at Ballyfin Demesne in County Laois, where they visited nearby cinemas in Portlaoise and Tullamore.

The couple, who have four children together, also spent part of their stay here at Castle Oliver in Ardpatrick, Co Limerick.

Their relationship fell apart after numerous outbursts from West, some of which appeared to have been in the midst of mental health issues.

West’s other main Irish connection is that he was U2’s supporting act on their 2005 Vertigo Tour.