In a surprising turn of events, Kanye West, the multi-talented rapper and fashion icon, is now entangled in a legal battle over his ambitious renovation plans for a lavish $57 million Malibu mansion. The lawsuit, which alleges labor code violations, unpaid wages exceeding $1 million, and damages, was filed by a former project manager, Saxon, who worked tirelessly on the extravagant project.
According to court documents filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Saxon was brought on board in September 2021 to oversee the extensive transformation of the Tadao Ando-designed beachfront property. The project, it seems, was no ordinary renovation.
Kanye West had grand aspirations of converting the mansion into a 1910s-style 'bomb shelter,' a concept that raised eyebrows from the very beginning. Saxon's role was no walk in the park; he assumed multiple responsibilities, functioning as the project manager, caretaker, and 24/7 security personnel for the sprawling estate.
With grueling 16-hour workdays, he went as far as sleeping on the floor of the mansion to ensure its security and progress. The lawsuit alleges that West paid Saxon for just one week of work and systematically ignored safety concerns raised by the diligent project manager.
One particular bone of contention was West's proposal to move large generators inside the mansion, a move that Saxon considered a significant fire hazard. Despite voicing his reservations, Saxon was met with threats and ultimatums from the rapper.
West's Ultimatum: 'Friend or Foe?'
According to Saxon, West warned him that he would be viewed as an 'enemy' if he did not conform to the artist's unconventional vision. When Saxon continued to dissent, West allegedly terminated his employment on the spot, adding, "I'm not gonna be your friend anymore, and you'll just see me on TV." Even when Saxon humorously pointed out that he didn't watch TV, the decision was final – he was fired.
The rapper's vision for the mansion was nothing short of radical, as described in the lawsuit. It included plans to demolish marble bathrooms, remove windows, plumbing, and electricity, and even replace the conventional stairs with slides, all in an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of a 1910s-style 'bomb shelter.'
As this legal battle unfolds, the world watches with bated breath, with West now facing the serious allegations of labor code violations and substantial financial claims from his former project manager. The outcome of this lawsuit will undoubtedly have significant implications for the artist and the future of the Malibu mansion project.