Kanye West’s legal team is dumping him via newspaper ads because they can’t get in touch with him
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Kanye West's legal team is going down a rather bizarre route to let the rapper know they are parting ways.
The Greenberg Traurig Law Firm hasn't been able to get in touch with Ye recently, according to NME.
They can't seem to reach him by phone or in person, so they will be letting him know they're dumping him as a client through a 'multi-prong approach'.
Legal documents seen by TMZ and AllHipHop state Greenberg Traurig Law Firm will be taking out adverts in two newspapers.
These notices will let the 45-year-old rapper know that they won't be representing him anymore and to look elsewhere for legal representation.
The documents say: "Publication of the Withdrawal Order’s contents in two Los Angeles-area newspapers, where Ye appears to reside, will also apprise him of the Withdrawal Order.
“Given Ye’s public status, publication of the Withdrawal Order will likely garner significant media attention, resulting in broader publication and provide an even greater likelihood of apprising Ye of the Order.”
So, basically, they're just hoping this approach will generate enough of a buzz that Ye reads it in the newspaper or on another news website.
The law firm was representing Ye for an infringement lawsuit where he was accused of sampling a track for his song 'Flowers'.
Digital Music News says Ultra Music Publishing launched the legal action against the rapper in June last year for using the 1986 song 'Move Your Body' despite not having permission to do so.
However, as many people will remember, Kanye West had a very controversial 2022 and he lost business deals due to a tirade of antisemitic and racist comments that lasted for weeks.
Greenberg Traurig Law Firm requested to part ways with Ye back in November, however a judge ordered the law firm 'to demonstrate that Mr. West has been personally served with their application to withdraw'.
Judge Analisa Torres complied with the request, writing (via Digital Music News): "GT asserts that withdrawal is necessary in light of Ye’s failure to cooperate in the prosecution of their case. GT has put forward satisfactory reasons for withdrawal.”
The outlet says Ye had until January 4 to let the courts know who was legally representing him and then 30 days to 'answer or otherwise respond to the complaint' itself.
It comes while Ye is being sued by his former business manager, Thomas St. John, for $4.5million (£3.7million).
St. John claims West ended their partnership abruptly and that he wasn't paid for all the promotional work he did for the 2021 album Donda.
NME says Thomas was hired by the rapper that year as Ye's business manager and Chief Marketing Officer.
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