Kanye West has been sued $1 million (£760,000) by workers at his Sunday Service choir, who have accused him of not paying them.
The rapper had launched his first opera in November 2019, Nebuchadnezzar, named after the king of Babylon.
Debuting at the Hollywood Bowl, the show featured Kanye’s famous choir alongside several actors, with the star even making an appearance himself at the end.
However, both Kanye and Live Nation, the company behind the production, are now facing legal action for ‘failing to provide pay stubs and failing to pay minimum wage and overtime’ during the opera.
According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, one worker – a hair assistant – has said that her day rate and other fees were not paid until much later, and she’s still owed ‘unpaid wages, continuing wages, damages, civil penalties, statutory penalties and attorney’s fees and costs’.
The lawsuit also states that organisers ‘failed to properly compensate the hair assistant and many dozens of other persons who performed services on the production, including the background actors performing as audience members’.
As a result, the workers are said to be asking for a large sum of money for how the ‘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’.
As of now, Kanye, 43, has yet to comment publicly on the lawsuit.
The Jesus Walks hitmaker has also been sued by technology company MyChannel Inc, who claim that he broke the terms of his ‘oral partnership agreement’ after failing to provide a promised $10 million (£7.6 million) investment after they allegedly helped boost the revenue for his Yeezy Apparel in 2018.
The company states that Kanye did not pay $7 million (£5.3 million) to the MyChannel team for their work on the clothing line.