Kanye West‘s former bodyguard, Steve Stanulis, is claiming that the actor is a “bully” and is even threatening to sue for damages.
This feud started in early May, when Steve talked about his experience working with Kanye on the podcast “Hollywood Raw” with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn. He said the rapper was one of his “least favorite people” to work with and described him as the “neediest, moodiest client” he’s ever had.
This did not go over well with Kanye, who sent a cease-and-desist to Steve in June, threatening to sue him for $10 million if he continued to talk. Kanye’s legal team believed he made “false and defamatory” statements on the podcast and claim he breached a confidentiality agreement.
On Monday, Page Six obtained a legal response issued by Steve and his lawyers. In the document, Steve says he never signed a confidentiality agreement and, as a result, he and his legal team are prepared to countersue Kanye if he continues with his suit.
The document reads: “As such, any efforts undertaken by your clients to enforce any purported ‘confidentiality agreement’ will be met with counterclaims, that will seek significant damages, along with court costs and legal fees.”
Steve’s attorney Dmitriy Shakhnevich gave a statement to the New York Post‘s Page Six, saying his client is “being bullied here, and we will not stand for that.”
Steve told Page Six: “I’m not going to let Kanye West and [his wife, Kim Kardashian, whose signature also appeared on the cease and desist] push me around just because they are rich and famous. I’m won’t be intimated by these two egotists! So if Kanye and Kim want to go to war bring it on—they aren’t the only ones with a strong legal team.”
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