Kanye West is an icon in the industry with millions of fans across the globe. West’s blockbuster career has always been entwined with Chicago, from his early days as a rapper. It appears Ye might find himself on a different stage in his hometown.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Ye has been subpoenaed to testify in a federal trial involving one of his former employees. Arjun Dhillon faces fraud charges for allegedly trying to scam a philanthropist out of $250,000 by using Kanye West’s name.
Dhillon allegedly created fake emails to convince the victim of his close ties to Kanye West since he stopped working for Ye in 2018. Dhillon was caught when the victim alerted a bank to the potential fraud and stopped the money from being transferred.
Ye will have to take the witness stand in Chicago at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. Dhillon’s trial begins in a matter of weeks with jury selection scheduled to start on April 4. As of March 9, Dhillon’s attorney Sheldon Zenner admitted ‘Ye hasn’t personally received notice of the subpoena.’
Though West is only involved in a limited scope, his testimony would certainly cause a major stir at Chicago’s downtown federal courthouse. Until now, West’s identity has been a closely guarded secret in Dhillon’s indictment, which was filed in January 2020 and referred to the artist only as “Musician A.”
Stay tuned to Thirsty for future updates.
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