Kanye West faces a $1 million lawsuit from workers at his opera shows

Employees allege that they weren’t properly paid for their involvement in the rapper’s 2019 shows, Nebuchadnezzar and Mary

Kanye West is facing a $1 million lawsuit from employees involved in his 2019 opera, Nebuchadnezzar. The musician – and certified billionaire – is accused of failing to pay wages of the workers involved in the Hollywood Bowl shows.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, West and Live Nation “failed to properly compensate the hair assistant and many dozens of other persons who performed services on the production, including the background actors, performing as audience members.”

The group of workers behind the lawsuit add (per The Blast) that: “the defendants oversaw, controlled and ran the production, and the aggrieved employees worked many hours on the production and were not timely paid for their work, or paid at all.”

Shortly following the Vanessa Beecroft-directed Nebuchadnezzar in late 2019, West also debuted another opera, titled Mary, to coincide with Art Basel (remember that wild, all silver look?).

More recently, of course, Kanye has been more concerned with running as a controversial independent candidate in the US presidential election. The new lawsuit will only add to his woes in that department, as he conceded defeat ahead of the final results (though he has hinted at a renewed effort in 2024).

Following West’s defeat, Dazed asked three of the 57,000 Americans that did vote for him what motivated them to do so – read their answers here.