Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has reportedly retained Camille Vasquez, along with other members of the Brown Rudnick law firm. The name and face of Camille Vasquez may be familiar to you; she was one of the stars of the gruesome courtroom drama that was Johnny Depp's defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. TMZ reports that Vasquez is part of a group of lawyers at the firm hired to handle West's "business interests", which probably won't be televised anytime soon. Vanity Fair has contacted Vasquez for confirmation.
West has been embroiled in a number of potentially significant legal, business and other controversies of late. Balenciaga announced that it had severed its ties with the rapper, a decision that was made after he displayed "White Lives Matter" t-shirts on the runway at Paris Fashion Week and made anti-Semitic remarks in various online and offline spaces. Adidas said their relationship was "under review" a few weeks ago, but the current official status is unclear. JPMorgan Chase stopped counting him as a client, although this decision predates the anti-Semitic statements and the T-shirts.
A divorce in court?
Also, after West said last week on the Drink Champs podcast that George Floyd's death was due to a fentanyl overdose, not former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nine and a half minutes, as confirmed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, Floyd's family announced plans to file a lawsuit. According to NPR, Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd's daughter, Gianna, plans to file the suit, and her lawyers have announced that they will seek $250 million in damages for "harassment, misappropriation, defamation and infliction of emotional distress."
West is also in the process of finalising his divorce from Kim Kardashian, and has hired several lawyers to do so. If they don't reach an agreement, the trial will take place in December, according to TMZ.