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Kanye West wore full-faced ‘Jesus mask’, called lawyer “f**king stupid” and stormed out’ during court deposition

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Kanye West has been accused of trying to ‘sabotage’ a court-ordered deposition by wearing a full-faced ‘Jesus mask.’

The 44-year-old rapper has been embroiled in a legal battle with a company called MyChannel which claims that he had gone back on a deal and stole the company’s technology to sell his Sunday Service merchandise.

He reportedly wore a balaclava printed with images of Jesus, called a lawyer “f**king stupid” and stormed out during a virtual hearing with the company MyChannel Inc.

Kanye was seen out in Los Angeles on Tuesday wearing the balaclava he’s been sporting on recent outings featuring small breathing holes in the front and two intricate images of Jesus including one image of Christ apparently being eaten by a whale, along with children wearing angel wings.

The video and e-commerce company are suing Kanye for $20million, accusing him of “stealing” their technology to promote his Sunday Service gigs despite allegedly promising to invest millions in the firm.

Kanye was brought into court via an emergency motion filed by MyChannel’s lawyers, according to sealed court documents obtained by AllHipHop.com.

The Yeezy mogul reportedly wore a “full-face hood and head covering adorned with Jesus Christ’s image which obscured his face and muffled his voice” during the deposition.

He was seen wearing the balaclava – which features an image of Christ apparently being eaten by a whale alongside children with angel wings – while out in LA on Tuesday.

The 44-year-old was seen wearing the Jesus mask in LA earlier this week

The 44-year-old was seen wearing the Jesus mask in LA earlier this week Credit: Coleman-Rayner

He's being sued by MyChannel for 'stealing' their technology to promote his Sunday Services

He’s being sued by MyChannel for ‘stealing’ their technology to promote his Sunday Services Credit: Splash

The father-of-four refused to remove the mask despite MyChannel’s lawyers’ protests as he claimed the legal team didn’t have the right to see his face, according to filings.

Kanye also allegedly called MyChannel’s attorney Michael Popok “boy” at least a dozen times and asked if he was “f**king stupid” while refusing to answer his questions.

He reportedly refused to look at Popok, referred to his own “mental genius-ness” and kept playing with his cell phone.

MyChannel claimed he was heard bragging about how well he was obstructing the deposition and that his lawyers did nothing about his behavior.

The rapper allegedly called MyChannel's lawyer 'f**king stupid'

The rapper allegedly called MyChannel’s lawyer ‘f**king stupid’ Credit: Getty

He 'stormed off and left the deposition after 10 minutes'

He ‘stormed off and left the deposition after 10 minutes’ Credit: Getty

The designer ended the deposition after just 10 minutes by walking off, according to court documents.

One of MyChannel’s lawyers, Ben J. Meiselas, told AllHipHop.com: “West’s bad faith efforts to sabotage the deposition will be viewed by the Court as one of the most outrageous and inappropriate deposition performances it has observed as well.”

The lawyer is bringing Kanye into court for a face-to-face deposition next month and is reportedly looking to sanction him for $63,000.

MyChannel filed a lawsuit in August 2020, alleging that its employees were ripped off over six months of work on technology.

Kanye is facing three lawsuits 'worth $50m' over his Sunday Service gigs

Kanye is facing three lawsuits ‘worth $50m’ over his Sunday Service gigs Credit: Splash

Hundreds of ex-workers have joined class action lawsuits to sue the star

Hundreds of ex-workers have joined class action lawsuits to sue the star credit: Instagram

The company linked up with Kanye to help “maximize revenues for his Yeezy merchandise,” according to TMZ.

MyChannel Inc. allegedly invested $7million of its own cash into a Yeezy project, but after Kanye cut ties, they claim he stole their tech for his newly-launched Sunday Service.

The business had even moved its headquarters from Pennsylvania to California then to Chicago with the promise of a $10million investment that it allegedly never received.

The Sun exclusively revealed this week that Kanye has quietly made his church official by registering his Sunday Service as a tax-exempt non-profit.

The Sun revealed that he has quietly made his church official

The Sun revealed that he has quietly made his church official credit: AP

He began hosting invite-only musical services with a gospel choir back in January 2019 to coincide with his album release Jesus Is King.

Aside from the MyChannel lawsuit, Kanye has been hit by two other lawsuits from disgruntled workers, first revealed by The Sun in January.

Last summer, Ye was hit with the lawsuits over the production of his first “opera,” entitled Nebuchadnezzar, at the Hollywood Bowl in November 2019.

It featured hundreds of performers, the Sunday Service choir and a huge backstage crew of make-up artists, hair stylists, costume designers and actors hired to sit in the audience, due to poor ticket sales, despite 5,000 being given away.

Kanye is in the midst of a divorce from Kim Kardashian

Kanye is in the midst of a divorce from Kim Kardashian Credit: Getty

According to strict California employment law, performers and crew, who also worked one rehearsal day, should have been classified as employees, not independent contractors.

It means they had a legal right to overtime wages, meal and rest breaks, but according to the lawsuits they didn’t get any of this, nor were they paid on time, if at all, in some cases.

One lawsuit, filed by LA employment lawyer Frank Kim in August last year, concentrates on the performers, which totals over 500 people.

The other, filed by entertainment attorneys Harris & Ruble, centres on behind-the scenes staff of around 300 people.

He has begun dating model Irina Shayk, 35

He has begun dating model Irina Shayk, 35 Credit: Getty

The Los Angeles County Superior Court has joined the lawsuits together and sources estimate Kanye’s payout could be as high as $30million should he choose to fight.

“They’ve got hundreds of people on board already, but they’re talking to many, many others, who want to be a part of it,” a legal source previously told The Sun.

“People are very upset how they were treated, saying it’s their worst experience,” they added.

Meanwhile, Kanye is back in the spotlight for his love life, as he’s started dating Russian model Irina Shayk amid his divorce.

The hot new couple were spotted arriving on a private jet back to New Jersey following the trip.

Busy mom Kim Kardashian, who shares children North, Chicago, Saint and Psalm with the superstar, officially filed for divorce in February after seven years of marriage

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