Court Finds Kanye West Guilty of Non-Payment, Orders Him to Pay $300,000 to Yeezy Photographer for Non-Payment

Published 05/03/2023, 10:00 AM EDT

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Kanye West has been found guilty by the court over a suit file case. The ‘Donda’ singer, while hailed for being a creative genius, has faced multiple cases in his career. While it is certainly not uncommon for anyone in the entertainment industry, most of Ye’s trouble has piled up in recent times. While such cases can go on for years, some of them have come to a conclusion.

When Ye works on a project, it is usually carried out on a big scale involving names and budgets. But one split up or issue can leave the high-end fees unpaid and people upset. In the latest update, a court has come to a conclusion, ordering the former billionaire to pay $300,000 to a photographer.

Why has the court ordered Kanye West to pay $300,000 to his Yeezy photographer?

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As a result of his split with several fashion houses, Ye’s finances have taken a severe blow. The after-effect of which can be felt through the multiple cases filed by his former employees or hiree. According to NewYorkPost, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge named Gerald Lebovits has ordered him to pay $300,000 to Katelyn Moone. The photographer was hired by Ye for his SHDZ shoot back in 2022.

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The Brooklyn-based freelancer was supposed to be paid $100,000 for her work, although she ended up only with $15,000. Her multiple texts to his team went unheard and the artist choose not to be present at the court either. As per the court papers, she maxed out on her credit bills, had unpaid rent, and went through hardships, looking after her three children.

After missing out on the court dates, the Judge finally ruled the decision to levy Ye with the amount. While $95,000 is the actual unpaid amount, the remaining  $205,000 is to be paid for statutory damages.

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While the SHDZ project is not infamous due to the recent legal battle, when it was first announced, the line garnered much attention.

Katelyn Mooney worked on Ye’s SHDZ line, which garnered a lot of attention

Ye created headlines when he split with GAP and decided to launch his own sunglasses with the SHDZ line. His aim was to release hi-fashion at affordable prices, selling them for $20 so everyone can have access to it. His ambitious plan got the support of former wife Kim Kardashian, daughter North West, and multiple models.

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This was the project that Katelyn Moone worked on, which gave her exposure but no money. It will be seen whether Ye actually makes the payment or not.

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Neha Subhash Ghag

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Neha Ghag is a prime-time entertainment writer for Netflix Junkie, who has written nearly 1000 articles, immersing herself in pop culture. Writing was not her first choice, but she has now found solace in unraveling the fascinating stories of public figures' personal and professional lives. Neha is a fan of classic hip-hop and psycho thrillers, and she can talk endlessly about Kanye West.

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