Skechers exec escorted Kanye West out of building, company says

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Sneaker company Skechers said in a statement Wednesday that two of its executives escorted embattled musician Kanye West from one of its Los Angeles buildings.

The company said West, who had legally changed his name to Ye, “came here without notice and without invitation.” It said he was engaged in “unauthorised filming” and was escorted out “after a brief conversation”.

“Skechers has not considered and has no intention of partnering with West,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We condemn his recent divisive rhetoric and do not tolerate anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech.”

The day before West’s visit to Skechers (SKX), Adidas ended its partnership with the musician with “immediate results”. In early October, Adidas put the “partnership under review” after wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt in public. The Anti-Defamation League classifies the phrase as a “hate slogan” used by white supremacist groups, including the Ku Klux Klan.

“I’m anti-Semitic, so to speak, Adidas can’t leave me,” West said during a tirade about Jews on the Drink Champs podcast recently. He also threatened to “death hoax 3 on Jews” on Twitter.

Other companies that have pulled out of the West in recent days include Gap, Foot Locker and TJ Maxx.

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– CNN’s Jordan Valinsky contributed to this report

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