Former employee sues Kanye West: 'He wanted to kill me, the conditions were impossible'
Former employee of Kanye West is suing the controversial rapper, claiming he was forced to work in dangerous conditions and sleep on the floor of a property the musician was renovating, reports Sky News.
Tony Saxon claims West owes him $993.000 in unpaid wages after working as a "project manager, full-time security guard and housekeeper" at the Malibu home.
Saxon told Sky News that Kanye West ordered him to remove the electricity and windows from the house.
"He wanted the house to be like a shelter," he said. Namely, West wanted that house to be his "bunker, a place to hide".
According to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, West, who legally changed his name to "Ye," wrongfully fired Saxon after he refused to comply with the rapper's "dangerous" demands. The lawsuit alleges he hired Saxon in September 2021 as a project manager to fill a full-time security role at the multimillion-dollar beachfront property.
In addition to these job roles, his duties included overseeing construction-related tasks, including cleanup, demolition, hiring contractors, and coordinating workers. West reportedly bought the house for more than $55 million, then tore it down to begin a major renovation. As a result of the demolition of said property, according to the lawsuit, Saxon spent his entire job "sleeping in makeshift conditions, finding empty spaces on the ground and using his coat as makeshift bedding."
Despite "constant complaints" from Saxon about his sleeping conditions and other dangers, West did not relent. At one point, Saxon was told to bring in the power generators, but he refused to do so for safety reasons and asked the rapper "if he wanted to kill him."
"If you don't listen to me, then you're the enemy, you're a Clinton, you're a Kardashian, and I'm not going to be your friend anymore. I won't give you another chance,” West told Saxon after he refused to carry said generator.
Saxon claims he was promised a payment of $20.000 a week, but about a month later received only one payment of $20.000 for his services along with $100.000 in construction costs, according to the complaint.
"He doesn't pay anyone. He makes people do all that work and then changes his mind or forgets. Working for Kanye was crazy. "You wonder which version of Kanye will be on the other end of the phone: the nice priest or the crazy dictator," Saxon shared.
According to the lawsuit, on October 22, 2021, Saxon complained that he was "exhausted" from work and needed time off, but the rapper ignored him. Not long after, he claims, he seriously injured his back while working, but his vacation/sick requests were again ignored.
A few weeks later, on November 5, 2021, after West once again allegedly ignored Saxon's requests for time off, the rapper reportedly requested that all remaining electrical equipment and windows be removed from the property.
Saxon claims he refused to do so for safety reasons, at which point West threatened him and eventually fired him, according to the lawsuit.