Kanye West’s ex-business manager, Thomas St. John, can’t locate the erratic star to serve him with a $US4.5 million ($6.7 million) contract lawsuit amid rumours the rapper is “missing”, according to court docs obtained by The US Sun.
The 45-year-old music mogul has gone viral after a tweet sent by Daily Loud which read, “Kanye West has reportedly been missing and unable to find for weeks according to his ex-business manager.”
The “ex-business manager” is believed to be Mr St. John, given his ongoing lawsuit against Kanye and his company Yeezy.
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In a December 19 court filing exclusively obtained by The US Sun, Mr St. John is seeking an extension of time to serve Ye and the other defendant, Yeezy LLC, the court docs state.
He and his attorneys are asking to extend the time until the end of March due to multiple failed attempts of contacting Ye.
As of right now, there is a scheduled case management conference set for April 2023.
Kanye’s former business manager is also having trouble notifying Ye’s lawyers because they believe he does not have an attorney.
“We were advised about a new law firm for defendants, but not a specific point of contact,” the court filing stated.
“We subsequently learned of information in the news that the law firm identified as new counsel was not affiliated with the defendants. Accordingly, we have not been able to serve defendants through their counsel. As a general matter, we have had difficulty confirming the best current address of Kanye West.”
The filing continued, “For Mr West, despite our diligent efforts, we were unable to ascertain his current residential address, and therefore, have not yet made attempts to serve him personally. Instead, we have attempted to service him by mail at multiple possible addresses.”
According to the docs, he attempted to serve Kanye at “three separate addresses” in California — his homes in Hidden Hills, Malibu and Calabasas.
Additionally, the package to one address was returned back.
Mr St. John and his team added, “We will continue to make diligent and reasonable attempts to serve defendants,” even going as far as hiring “appropriate agencies” to help them locate him.
Failed servicing attempts come two months after the complaint was filed in Los Angeles.
Mr St. John filed the lawsuit because he allegedly wasn’t paid for the 18-month guaranteed term working as Ye’s senior financial advisor and chief financial officer, according to court docs.
He was supposed to get paid $US300,000 ($445,000) per month, but only ended up working three of those months, which he allegedly did not receive payments for, court docs claim.
In a January 2022 meeting, detailed in the complaint, Mr St. John mentioned that the Praise God singer allegedly became “heated and aggressive” and “screamed” at him, saying he didn’t want to work with him anymore.
The lawsuit claimed, “When confronted by the 18-month commitment that had just been made, Mr West stated words to the effect of ‘The 18-month term was bulls**t’ and ‘You’re insane for even thinking I would stick to it.’”
Thomas sued $US4.5 million ($6.7 million) for damages, which includes the $US900,000 ($1.3 million) he was allegedly owed for his work and the remaining months he was guaranteed per the contract.
Neither Kanye nor his rep have responded to the lawsuit and The US Sun’s request for comment.
The last paparazzi pics of the father of four were from December 18, where he was spotted wearing a black outfit and taking two of his children to church.
The rumour of Kanye being missing comes shortly after ex Kim Kardashian opened up on the Angie Martinez IRL Podcast about her co-parenting experience.
She said, “Co-parenting is really f***ing hard.”
The 42-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and her former spouse share four kids together — North, 9, Saint, 7, Chicago, 4, Psalm, 3.
Kardashian told Angie, “I definitely protected him [Kanye] and I still will in the eyes of my kids, for my kids. So, in my home, my kids don’t know anything that goes on in the outside world.”
“So, if they don’t know things that are being said, or what’s happening in the world, why would I ever bring that energy to them?” she added.
“That’s real heavy, heavy grown-up s**t. And they’re not ready to deal with it, and when they are, we’ll have those conversations.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission
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