A creative director from Brooklyn alleges in a new lawsuit that Kanye West’s fashion brand owes her nearly $100,000 for a photo shoot featuring the Yeezy founder and his line of sunglasses.
Katelyn Mooney — a well-established freelance creative director in the fashion industry — said she was contacted by Yeezy employees on Sept. 11 to put together a shoot for West’s new line of sunglasses, called SHDZ, in just two days, according to her lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court from Wednesday.
Mooney — who, according to her website, has worked with brand giants like L’Oreal, Nike and Coke — was hired by Yeezy for $110,000, the filing says.
Mooney made sure the shoot could begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 13 when West was in town for New York Fashion Week, the filing says.
Mooney “frantically” prepared “during one of the busiest times of the year in New York fashion circles,” securing models, lighting, catering, and pre- and post-production for the shoot, which she claims was booked for Blonde + Co Studios the lawsuit.
“Kanye West came to the shoot, modeled his SHDZ sunglasses and the shoot ended the same day,” the filing reads.
Then Mooney delivered the final digital files of the photos a day later, on Sept. 14, which “Yeezy had no problems with,” court filings say.
Now, over two months later, Mooney has received just $15,000 of the $110,000 agreed in text messages with Yeezy employees — despite sending an invoice and her repeated requests for payment, the lawsuit alleges.
Mooney, a mother of three, “had to borrow heavily and max out her credit cards just to pay her rent and other bills,” the lawsuit says. “This abuse of an independent freelancer was exactly the kind of exploitative behavior” for which the New York freelance statutes were instituted.
“She put herself on an extremely tight schedule for this shoot and had to run up significant debt just to pay her rent and bills and to support her children because Yeezy failed to pay her bill on time for this,” Mooney’s attorney, Andrew Gerber, said Post.
“It was their responsibility to deal with all other vendors for the shoot and as such it has put them in an extremely precarious financial position due to non-payment,” the attorney added.
Someone in accounts payable at Yeezy emailed the Post, “All debts have been paid. We confirmed all amounts due with her yesterday and submitted payments.”
But Gerber said that was “absolutely wrong. She wasn’t paid.”
https://nypost.com/2022/12/07/kanye-wests-yeezy-brand-owes-95k-for-nyc-photoshoot-suit/ Kanye West’s brand Yeezy owes $95,000 for NYC photo shoot: suit