Kanye West, who is going by Ye these days, is not in a good place. After several years of cozying up to some troubling ideologies, he has finally gone full antisemitic conspiracy, warranting Instagram and Twitter bans, along with broad condemnation. But he hasn’t stopped at antisemitism. And now, he’s in some legal hot water.
On a podcast called Drink Champs, Ye let loose with his theory that George Floyd died from fentanyl. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Floyd’s death a homicide, caused by Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes. But in certain conspiratorial circles maintain that Floyd’s death had nothing to do with the boot crushing his windpipe.
Now, Floyd’s family is suing Ye. Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s daughter Gianna, is suing Ye, his business partners and associates for “harassment, misappropriation, defamation and infliction of emotional distress seeking $250 million dollars in damages,” according to NPR. The family has also hit Ye with a cease-and desist.
“Free Speech Rights do not include harassment, lies, misrepresentation, and the misappropriation of George Floyd’s legacy. Some words have consequences and Mr. West will be made to understand that,” said Kay Harper Williams, one of Washington’s attorneys.
That podcast has been pulled by host N.O.R.E., who issued an apology on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning. “I’m sorry,” he told the station. “I can sit there and say, ‘That’s only Kanye West, it’s only what he said.’ But I have a responsibility when I have an audience. When I watched myself, I was embarrassed. I was like, ‘Wait a minute? You just let him say that?’ I’m irresponsible for letting it go.”