Adidas has said it has launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct by Kanye West after the German sporting goods manufacturer ended its partnership with the rapper and fashion designer last month.
Adidas said it launched the investigation after receiving an anonymous letter making several allegations against the musician, who is now called Ye.
The investigation follows a report from Rolling Stone magazine that detailed alleged incidents of inappropriate behavior by Ye towards employees and potential employees. Rolling Stone cited interviews with more than two dozen former Yeezy and Adidas employees.
According to the magazine, former team members sent an anonymous letter to Adidas saying the company’s executives were aware of Ye’s behavior but had “turned a blind eye” and “turned off their moral compass.”
“It is currently unclear whether the allegations in an anonymous letter are true,” an Adidas spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters.
“However, we take these allegations very seriously and have decided to immediately launch an independent investigation into the matter to resolve the allegations.”
They could not immediately be reached for comment. The news of the investigation was first reported by the Financial Times on Thursday.
According to the Financial Times, Germany’s third-largest asset manager, Union Investment, wrote to Adidas on Thursday asking for further information on the claims.
Union Investment did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Ye has caused controversy in recent months by publicly ending major corporate mergers and calling outbursts against other celebrities on social media. His Twitter and Instagram accounts were restricted, and social media platforms removed some of his posts, which users denounced as anti-Semitic.