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Adidas said it launched the investigation after receiving an anonymous letter making several allegations against the musician.

Adidas has said it has launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by Kanye West after the German sporting goods manufacturer Last month ended its partnership with the rapper and fashion designer,

Adidas said it launched the investigation after receiving an anonymous letter making several allegations against the musician, who now goes by Ye.

The investigation follows a report by Rolling Stone magazine that detailed alleged incidents of inappropriate behavior by Yeh toward employees and prospective 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 in which they said senior company leaders were aware of Yeh’s behavior, but “turned a blind eye” and “turned off their moral compass”. .

“At this time it is unclear whether the allegations made in the anonymous letter are true,” an adidas spokeswoman 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 address the allegations.”

You 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, Union Investments, Germany’s third-largest asset manager, wrote to Adidas on Thursday asking for more information about the claims.

Union Investment did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Yeh has courted controversy in recent months by publicly ending major corporate alliances and venting social media outrage against other celebrities. His Twitter and Instagram accounts were bannedThe social media platform removed some of his posts, which users condemned for being anti-Semitic.

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