Kanye West escorted from Skechers headquarters after ‘unannounced’ visit days after partnership with Adidas broke
Skechers has revealed that Kanye West arrived at his company’s headquarters “unannounced” just a day after Adidas severed its partnership with the rapper.
On Wednesday, the shoe brand released a statement about West’s unauthorized visit and explained that he had been “escorted” from the company’s building in California.
“You arrived unannounced and uninvited at one of Skechers’ offices in Los Angeles,” Skechers said. “Since Ye was engaged in unauthorized filming, two Skechers executives escorted him and his crew out of the building after a brief conversation. Skechers does not plan or intend to work with West.
The shoe company went on to slam the rapper’s recent anti-Semitic comments, before pointing out that West’s visit was unplanned.
“We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not condone anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech,” the statement continued. “The company would like to re-emphasize that West showed up unannounced and uninvited at Skechers headquarters.”
Skechers’ statement came a day after Adidas announced it would cut ties with West. The move came after the brand was publicly pressured by celebrities to end the partnership following the rapper’s claims, in a since-deleted interview with Drink champions podcast. West said in the interview that he might make anti-Semitic comments and would always be supported by Adidas.
Earlier this month, the company announced that its relationship with West was “under review.”
“Adidas does not tolerate anti-Semitism and any other type of hate speech,” the brand said in a statement Tuesday. “Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.”
When contacted by The IndependentSkechers had no further comment. The Independent contacted a West representative for comment.