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Adidas says probing allegations it ignored inappropriate Kanye West behavior

Kanye West, second from right, makes final rounds before the showing of the Kanye West Adidas Fall 2015 collection at Fashion Week in New York, Feb. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Kanye West, second from right, makes final rounds before the showing of the Kanye West Adidas Fall 2015 collection at Fashion Week in New York, Feb. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Adidas says it is investigating claims against Kanye West after a report detailed alleged inappropriate behavior, just weeks after the German sportswear giant ended its partnership with the rapper.

US magazine Rolling Stone says former members of the team involved in “Yeezy” — the successful product line designed with the rapper — had released a letter alleging Adidas leaders were aware of the behavior, which went on for years, but turned a blind eye.

“It is currently not clear whether the accusations made in an anonymous letter are true,” Adidas says in a statement.

“However, we take these allegations very seriously and have taken the decision to launch an independent investigation of the matter immediately to address the allegations.”

The report, citing former unnamed Yeezy and Adidas staff, alleged the behavior ranged from playing pornography to staff in meetings, to discussing porn and showing an intimate photo of ex-wife Kim Kardashian in job interviews.

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