Twitter Wild as Kanye West's Signature Allegedly Forged to Scam Fashion Designer

Brenda Watkins
February 10, 2019

Neither of the parties have commented on the matter yet, but speculations are that Plein will take legal action against the man behind the forgery.

Longtime Kanye West songwriter Malik Yusef allegedly used a fake charity affiliation and a forged Kanye signature to extract $900,000 from fashion designer Philipp Plein in exchange for a New York Fashion Week performance by West that the rapper/producer apparently never knew about, TMZ, The Blast, and Page Six report.

A rep for Plein issued a statement saying, "We regret to confirm that Kanye West will not be performing at our fashion show this Monday..." The two sides made a deal, with the "associate" forging West's signature on the contract and having a $900,000 advance wired to an account, which he allegedly cleaned out. The contract states that the deal involved walking the red carpet, attending the catwalk presentation, and staying for a dinner (decked out in Philipp Plein, obviously).

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He was also booked to perform three songs with an orchestra and to not wear any visible brands other than Philipp Plein, though he was allowed to sport his Yeezys.

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He also blasted Kanye for not coming to his aide, when he is so quick to defend his buddy, United States President, Donald Trump. We were beyond excited to work with him but unfortunately an individual pretended to be part of his management team and acted without Kanye's knowledge, capitalizing on a former friendship with him. He's adamant he's not scamming anyone and points out he's been working with Kanye for years ... and they run a foundation together.

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