Kanye West Sued for Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination and Breach of Contract by Former Assistant

It’s one of several lawsuits filed against the rapper in 2024

A woman who worked as Kanye West’s assistant in 2021 and 2022 has filed a lawsuit against the rapper, accusing him of sexually harassing her, firing her without cause and failing to pay her what she was owed.

Lauren Pisciotta says she was primarily supporting herself via an OnlyFans profile in 2021 when she and West met. He hired her to help work on his fashion line, the suit says, but she also ended up collaborating on 3 songs included on West’s album “Donda.”

In 2022, West asked her to stop using her OnlyFans account and offered her a $1 million-per-year salary for doing so and she agreed, according to the suit. After that, West began sending her sexually explicit text messages. This escalated, according to the lawsuit, to West masturbating while talking to her on the phone and sending her pornographic videos he made with another woman.

She was later promoted, the suit says, with a salary of $4 million yearly, but then in late 2022 she was fired. West offered her severance of $3 million, the suit says, but she was never paid.

Among the accusations listed in the lawsuit, Pisciotta is suing for breach of context, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, hostile work environment, gender discrimination, unlawful retaliation and unpaid wages. She’s seeking coverage of all legal fees, compensatory and punitive damages, penalties to be applied under relevant labor laws and any other damages the court may deem appropriate.

It’s the third lawsuit the rapper has faced this year. In April he was accused of racial discrimination and harassment by another former employee. And in February, West was sued by the estate of Donna Summer for using a sample of her song “I Feel Love” without permission.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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