Kanye West had been rumoured to be performing at a New York Fashion Week event for German designer Philipp Plein next week.A forged version of the rapper signature is at the centre of a $900k scam ,that let to many believing he as billed for the show.
The rapper’s wife Kim Kardashian West, however, had denied the reports on Twitter last night were true on the star’s behalf.
Source revealed that Kanye himself was never contracted for the performance at all; instead, according to their sources, a G.O.O.D. Music associate (and former friend of Kanye’s) misrepresented himself to Plein as Kanye’s rep.
He allegedly negotiated a nearly 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.
Plein reportedly believed the unknown person, who is said to have forged West’s signature on a contract, and sent the money to an account that has now been emptied. The man behind the alleged forgery is said to be a “former friend” of the rapper’s.
The gossip website also obtained a picture of the contract with Kanye’s forged signature on it and with that of Plein.
It was reported that the money has apparently been cleared out of the account it was sent to by Plein in order to confirm Kanye as the act at his show.