Kanye West's Identity Stolen In $1 Million Fake NYFW Performance Deal

Joann Johnston
February 9, 2019

Designer Philipp Plein has been left scrambling to make "aggressive offers" for artists to play his Monday fashion show, after he was scammed by a fake rep for Kanye West into paying six figures.

There were rumours earlier this week that Ye was to perform at the event, before it was shut down by his wife Kim Kardashian on Twitter.

Longtime Kanye West associate Malik Yusef has been accused of scamming German fashion brand Philipp Plein out of $750,000.

He allegedly negotiated a almost million dollar contract for Kanye's performance, including a $900,000 advance, which, according to TMZ, Plein wired to an account associated with the scammer.

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"It gets worse. We're told the guy forged Kanye's name on the contract and then had a $900,000 advance wired to an account ... which the guy promptly cleaned out".

The media outlet has stressed that Kanye had no knowledge of the performance and the scam: he received none of the money. TMZ noted the designer fell for the bit, which led them to sign a contract where the man reportedly forged West's signature.

West was to perform three songs with an orchestra and bring with him six children affiliated with a charity that West co-founded and named after his late mother, according to a contract reviewed by The Blast. "We were beyond excited to work with [West] but unfortunately an individual pretended to be part of his management team and acted without Kanye's knowledge, capitalizing on a former friendship with him", a Philipp Plein representative said in a statement.

A fellow Twitterian kept throwing jibes in an allusion to the epic fail that Kanye had experienced during his meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House.

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