Kanye West, the controversial rapper and Yeezy designer, finds himself under legal scrutiny once more as a new lawsuit surfaces, following allegations of unsafe conditions and wrongful termination at his private Christian institution, Donda Academy.
The lawsuit was launched by Isaiah Meadows, a former gym teacher at the Academy, on Thursday, July 6 in Los Angeles. In his legal claim, Isaiah accuses West of wrongful termination, breach of contract, and multiple infringements of education, health, safety, and labor codes, as reported by aceshowbiz.com.
One of the eyebrow-raising allegations includes the assertion that the Academy lacked windows. This, Isaiah claims, was due to Kanye’s peculiar dislike of glass. The absence of window panes, he claims, exposed the students to harsh weather elements, turning classrooms into damp, mold-ridden spaces when it rained.
Isaiah paints a vivid picture in his allegations, pointing out that a skylight in the main classroom had been intentionally left glassless, leading to rainwater drenching the interior and subsequent mold issues. He insists that this was a direct outcome of Kanye West‘s preference against the use of glass.
Further augmenting the narrative of unsafe conditions, the former gym teacher brings up issues with the school’s electrical setup. He recounts a dangerous incident triggered by exposed telephone and electrical wiring that resulted in a fire near the students’ dining area.
He also highlights severe sanitation issues at the Academy, stressing that the institution lacked proper hot water facilities for essential hygiene practices, like handwashing, during the ongoing global pandemic. To add to the grim picture, Isaiah claims that the school’s septic system was ill-managed, with overflows causing a persistent foul odor.
This legal fiasco isn’t a first for Kanye West or his Donda Academy. In April, former teachers Cecilia Hailey and Chekarey Byers also initiated a lawsuit against West, his academy, and its directors, alleging racial discrimination and wrongful termination. According to legal documents acquired by Page Six and Daily Mail, the duo, who were the only black female teachers at Donda Academy, are seeking over $1 million in damages.
Commenting on the chaotic situation, Chekarey remarked, “While Kanye’s vision for the school sounds fantastic on paper, in reality, it’s pure chaos and mutiny. It’s like a mental hospital being run by the patients.” Despite her admiration for Kanye as an artist, her experience at the Academy has been distressing and disheartening.