A stylist and model accused of rape and sexual assault by a number of women appears in the latest Yeezy campaign.
Ian Connor, who has previously worked as a creative consultant for Kanye West, appears in the new campaign shot by Richard Kern, a series which also sees Kim Kardashian pose topless for the brand.
The 25-year-old is seen lying on a bed wearing tracksuit bottom and Yeezy trainers while having a cigarette, while another photo sees him lying next to model Tommie Lee.
While the ads have been released without much fanfare, there has been some criticism of Kanye’s choice of Connor due to allegations that have been made against him.
Six women have openly accused Connor of rape, with Amber Rose alleging ’21 women’ reached out to her accusing him of assault. Connor has previously denied the allegations.
On 8 April 2016, a woman named Malika Anderson published a blog post in which she alleged that Connor began to have sex with her after she told him she didn’t want to.
Anderson tweeted that Connor was a ‘serial rapist’ in a tweet dated 3 December 2015, and alleges that she received an influx of abuse from accounts she believes were set up by Connor.
She filed a police report accusing Connor of sexual battery and sexual assault, but the case was dropped due to insufficent evidence.
In wake of Anderson’s blog, singer Jean Deaux shared a blog in which she alleged she was raped by Connor. She said that while she didn’t file a police report herself, she gave a statement to the detective investigating Connor’s case.
Jenni Stampley, Taryn Williams, Khadiata Diallo and ‘Alyssa’ (not her real name) have also publicly accused Connor of rape, allegations he denied.
Amber Rose said in 2016: ‘Because I have my SlutWalk, all of the women [who’ve accused Ian Connor] have reached out to me as well. They want to come to my SlutWalk and tell their story on my stage. I have that platform for them to do so.
‘I’m not a lawyer. I can’t prosecute anyone or say, “What she’s saying is exactly the truth.” I wasn’t there. Honestly, seven came out and I’m pretty sure 21 women have reached out to me so far.’
Rapper Theophilus London also accused Connor of being a ‘dirty fucking rapist’ in a tweet after they had a physical fight.
ASAP Rocky, who was Connor’s manager, previously defended him in 2017, saying: ‘I feel like when you treat people mean and you do things like fuck girls and you never call them back, you give ‘em a reason to be like, “Man, fuck this n****. I hate this n****.”
‘If you realise, he never went to jail for that. Never been arrested. Never been charged. It’s all word of mouth shit. There’s evidence of girls talking about a week before they did this, talking about, “Oh, I’m not fucking n***** for free no more. I’m about my business this year.” Pull the tweets up. Y’all know what it is. And this can happen to any of y’all. Be careful and treat women nice.’
Connor denies the rape allegations and has never been arrested or charged in connection with them.
He recently sat front row at Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week, and has styled people including Kylie Jenner.
Metro.co.uk is chasing Connor’s rep for comment, and is also awaiting comment from Kanye West’s rep.