Kanye West Claims Ex-Business Partner Took Advantage During Kim K Divorce, Countersues
Kanye West Countersues Ex-Biz Partner ... Kim K Divorce Had Me Stressed, Plus You Did Nothing!!!
4/28/2023 11:42 AM PT
Kanye West says he never screwed his ex-business manager out of a payday in a new countersuit ... firing back with claims their arrangement came about when he was stressed out and in the middle of his divorce.
TMZ Hip Hop obtained docs filed by Kanye and his Yeezy brand ... where he claims the deal he struck with Thomas St. John isn't enforceable because he signed it without help from a lawyer when he was "sleep-deprived, stressed, anxious, and under duress."
According to the lawsuit, Ye says he met St. John around March 2022 -- and they sketched out a deal that would place him on a $300k monthly retainer.
Kanye admits the two met during one of his many social media meltdowns -- and St. John swooped in as a respected biz manager who could steer the ship back on course.
Although Ye admits to signing a document with St. John in May 2022 ... he claims he did so without the presence and counsel of his lawyers, and as his high-profile divorce with Kim Kardashian was taking a serious toll.
Ye also says the increased volume of paparazzi encounters amid the divorce was causing sleep deprivation, stress and anxiousness.
Ye is also complaining about a clause in the "barebones" agreement that prevented St. John from being terminated for at least the first 18 months ... essentially guaranteeing his bank account stayed stacked with Ye's funds.
Their union only lasted roughly 3 months but Ye is so appalled St. John had the nerve to sue him for $5.4 mil in the first place, he's asking the judge not only to tear up the contract entirely but to also force St. John to pay back the $900k he's already collected.