Kanye West countersues ex-business manager over $5.4m retainer contract

American rapper, Kanye West has countersued his former business manager, who claimed the musician owes him a $300,000 monthly retainer fee.

According to a Mail Online source, West claimed he signed the contract during his sleep-deprived outburst.

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The troubled rapper said that because he didn’t have enough sleep when he signed a contract without legal counsel in March 2022, he is not responsible for paying the $5.4 million in fees that Thomas St. John, the head of the TSJ international accounting firm, is owed over the course of 18 months.

Despite a provision in the signed contract requiring him to be paid for 18 months — until November 2023 — West’s former business manager only worked with the rapper for three months.

In a $4.5 million complaint, St. John said that after confronting West about the unpaid retainer fee, the rapper became “heated and aggressive” and started shouting at him, according to Mail Online.

West claimed in the countersuit that he was “sleep-deprived, stressed, anxious, and under duress” when he hired St. John during the course of his divorce from reality star Kim Kardashian. West claimed this in the countersuit.

He begged the judge to void the agreement and order St. John to pay up the $900,000 pay check he had received.

He neglected to notice, however, that he agreed to pay his businessman ex-manager for a further year and a half without the right to terminate the agreement.

“When confronted by the 18-month commitment that had just been made, Mr. West stated words to the effect of ‘The 18-month term was bulls***’ and ‘You’re insane for even thinking I would stick to it.”’

Mail Online reports that court documents obtained noted that St. John secured an 18-month contract with West as “assurance that Defendants would not simply walk away from the business relationship.”

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