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“Consumers likely would have purchased the Yeezy Foam Runner were it not for the cheaper, knock-off imitation shoe,” according to Kanye West’s complaint against Walmart.FilmMagic; Getty Images; Walmart
Kanye West and his Yeezy sneaker label have sued Walmart, accusing the retail giant of selling fake shoes.
Specifically, the billionaire rapper’s complaint, filed Thursday in California court in Los Angeles, claims the giant discounter has been selling fake versions of his bizarre-looking Foam Runner slides.
Introduced last year at a retail price of $75, the genuine Yeezy slides initially drew unflattering comparisons to Crocs. Nevertheless, they “instantly” sold out, and now sell for upwards of three times that on the secondary market, according to the suit.
The knockoffs on Walmart’s site, meanwhile, have been retailing for between $21.99 and $33.99 a pair. While Yeezy has sent Walmart legal warnings demanding that it yank the ripoff sneakers from its site, it has thus far failed to do so, according to the suit.
Yeezy is concerned partly because the lookalikes being sold on Walmart.com appear to be “virtually indistinguishable” from the real thing, the suit says. “My son has been wanting the Yeezy slides but these look similar and are much more affordable,” one customer wrote on the site, according to the suit.
“Consumers likely would have purchased the Yeezy Foam Runner were it not for the cheaper, knock-off imitation shoe,”
In addition to stealing Yeezy’s market share, the fake sneakers are of “subpar quality,’ which in turn is hurting the “reputation and the goodwill of the Yeezy brand,” according to the suit. It cited various customer complaints that the shoes fit poorly and “ripped after 20 minutes of wear” with one advising, “Don’t buy this garbage.”
Walmart appears to have removed most of the counterfeit Foam Runners from its web site, though some could still be found in a search of its site on Thursday afternoon. Indeed, a review of Walmart.com pulls up other fake Yeezy merchandise, including a pair of “Yeezy Inspired Slides” that sell for $38.99. Yeezy is exclusively sold by Adidas.
In a statement, Walmart said “The product referenced in the complaint is not sold by Walmart, but rather by third party Marketplace sellers. We take allegations like this seriously and are reviewing the claim. We will respond in court as appropriate after we have been seen.
Thursday’s suit comes on the heels of a trademark dispute between West and Walmart over a “rays from the sun” logo design West wants to use for Yeezy, but which Walmart says looks too similar to its 13-year-old sun logo.
In response, people close to Yeezy have scoffed at the idea West’s upscale brand — whose shoes typically retail for hundreds of dollars a pair — wanting to piggyback off Walmart’s image.
“Celebrities are regularly photographed wearing Yeezy clothing and footwear and using Yeezy products, which enhances the brand’s popularity and appeal to the general public,” according to the Thursday lawsuit. “Some celebs include, Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Jay Z, Hailey Baldwin, Gigi, and Bella Hadid, and Snoop Dogg.
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Steven Greenberg, the lead protection legal professional in Illinois for shamed singer R. Kelly, revealed on social media that the alleged rapist, R. Kelly, went to court docket to seek out out whether or not his spouse, Drea Kelly, would spend a while behind bars for “allegations” she made.
“#RKelly in divorce court docket this morning to see whether or not Drea goes to get locked up for her allegations,” Greenberg tweeted.
In reference to the circumstances in opposition to R. Kelly, Derrel McDavid, Kelly’s longtime supervisor, requested a speedy trial in April to face the federal expenses in opposition to him. McDavid faces little one pornography and obstruction of justice expenses within the new indictment from the feds. It alleges McDavid performed a key position in paying off victims and witnesses within the lead-up to Kelly’s 2008 Cook County little one pornography trial, which led to Kelly’s acquittal, in accordance with the Solar-Instances.
Kelly and McDavid deny the entire allegations in opposition to them and keep their innocence.
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“Fine, you want me to tell everybody? You want me to let everybody know? Okay, fine. Nick, I let you suck my dick,” Brown said. “I let Nick suck my dick… Everybody knows you did it as a female. But, Nick you sucked my dick. Nick been sucking dick.”
It’s unclear what prompted Brown to claim that he and Cannon had a sexual encounter. Nor, is there any evidence that this is true. They both grew up as child actors and entertainers in the 1990s and 2000s. It is possible they crossed paths in some shape or form in the past.
This comes on the heels of Nick Cannon’s recent battle with longstanding foe, Eminem. On his track “The Invitation,” Cannon throws a similar shot at Eminem that Brown threw at him.
“I heard your chauffeur got a video of you sucking a cock,” Cannon raps. “You paid him off then laid him off/Now who really the opps.”
Orlando Brown’s reemergence has been marred by bizarre behavior. The actor has gone on the offensive against Raven-Symoné, claiming that they’ve engaged in a sexual relationship.POST CONTINUES BELOW
He’s also been arrested on several occasions. Some of these legal encounters have resulted in drug charges, sparking rumors of addiction. After this, Brown made an appearance on Dr. Phil in Dec. 2018 where he spoke about his battles with homelessness, mental health, and drug abuse.
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Willow Smith has come out to her mother and grandmother, saying: “I love men and women equally,” and would “definitely” consider polyamory.
The 18-year-old daughter of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith made the announcement on an episode of Red Table Talk, a regular Facebook web series in which three generations of the Smith family have open conversations about “taboo” subjects.
The episode broadcast on Monday (June 24) was focused on “unconventional relationships” as Willow has recently become interested in polyamory.
She gave a crash course on polyamory to her mother, Jada, and grandmother, Adrienne, before opening up about her sexuality, explaining that her ideal relationship would be with a man and a woman.
“Personally, male and female, that’s all I need,” she said.
It appeared to be the first time Willow had revealed her sexuality to her mother, as Jada replied with a smile, “Well, there it is… I think my stomach just [jumped].”
Jada added: “Listen, you know me Willow, whatever makes you happy.”
“I love men and women equally and so I would definitely want one man, one woman.”
— Willow Smith
Encouraged by her mother’s support, Jada elaborated further on her sexuality. “I love men and women equally and so I would definitely want one man, one woman,” she said. “I feel like I could be polyfidelitous with those two people.
“I’m not the kind of person that is constantly looking for new sexual experiences. I focus a lot on the emotional connection and I feel like if I were to find two people of different genders that I really connected with and we had a romantic and sexual connection, I don’t feel like I would feel the need to try to go find more.”