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Kanye West sued for $1m by staff at his live opera for ‘not paying them’ after $20m Sunday Service lawsuit – The Sun

KANYE West is being sued for $1 million by workers at his live opera show, Kanye West Nebuchadnezzar Opera.

The rapper, 43, is accused of owing staff "unpaid wages" and of "failing to pay minimum wage and overtime".

Kanye premiered the opera at the 17,500-capacity Hollywood Bowl last year, several weeks after releasing his Jesus Is King album.

The Yeezy founder – who is running for US President – and Live Nation are being sued by a group of employees, it was revealed in court documents obtained by The Blast.

A hair assistant who worked on the production claimed she is owed "unpaid wages, continuing wages, damages, civil penalties, statutory penalties and attorney's fees and costs".

She alleged in court filings that her day rate was paid late – along with other fees – and that they were charged for getting their checks.


It was alleged that Kanye "failed to properly compensate" dozens of employees, including actors, background actors and those performing as audience members.

The mogul – who has four children with Kim Kardashian – and other defendants reportedly "failed to provide pay stubs, failed to pay minimum wage and overtime," for the show.

The group is seeking at least $1 million for what they believe to be issues with how they were treated.

"Defendants oversaw, controlled and ran the production, and the aggrieved employees worked many hours on the production and were not timely paid for their work, or paid at all," the documents state.



Kanye and his team have not yet publicly responded to allegations made in the lawsuit.

The fashion designer did not perform in the opera, but did narrate the show with sections of the Book of Daniel.

According to reports from the Hollywood Bowl, the musical was delayed by two hours, during which time stagehands could be seen building the set.

Those watching at home via livestream also claimed they could spot the singers reading from scripts and accused Kanye's narration of being "halting".


The latest lawsuit comes after Kanye was sued for $20 million in August by a company claiming he "stole" their technology for his Sunday Service concerts.

He is accused of getting MyChannel Inc to work for him for six months without paying them, while promising to invest $10 million into the company.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday evening, Kanye voted for himself in the presidential election and hinted that he will run again in four years.

"WELP KANYE 2024," he captioned an image of him silhouetted against a map of the USA.

He added: "Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it's for someone I truly trust…me."

The Grammy winner pushed himself further into the spotlight earlier this year when he revealed he was running for president.

He announcement was followed up by a now infamous presidential campaign rally in South Carolina.

During the rally, Kanye also claimed that he and Kim had considered aborting their daughter North.

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