Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Issue Take Action Against Charity Auction in Daughter's Name
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.28.2013
They have nothing to do with it...
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have fired off a cease and desist letter to a company advertised a charity auction to celebreate the birth of the couple's daughter. Radar Online reports that the couple have issued the demaned after Jonathan Hay of Jonathan Hay Publicity posted the details of a painting of West that was to be auctioned off, noting that the couple had asked for donations to the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago as opposed to baby gifts.
The website did have a tiny disclaimer at the bottom noting that Kim and Kanye had no involvement with the auction, but their attorneys say it was misleading and that is why they are taking action.
The letter reads, "While our clients certainly have no objections to yours and Mr. Michael A. Smith's desire to donate money to the Charity, and in fact would applaud your making a donation, you cannot do so under the guise that it is pursuant to a request by our clients, that your activity is sanctioned or approved by Ms. Kardashian and Mr. West, or are involved in any way with your ‘charity auction.' Yet, this is exactly what you have done.
"The construction and phrasing of this advertisement — first referencing our clients' request that charitable donations be made in lieu of baby gifts, your comment that the Charity that will purportedly receive the proceeds of the auction is our clients' ‘charity of choice,' and your reference to a painting of Mr. West first seen in one of his music videos — creates a very strong impression that our clients are connected to or otherwise involved in your venture."
The letter notes that the ad could cause harm to their reputations and demand that their names be removed from the website immediately, noting, "While neither Ms. Kardashian nor Mr. West have any interest in squashing your desire to donate money to the Charity, you must do so without any reference to them."
Hay said that the couple's non-involvement is noted on the website and said, "We hear that Kim and Kanye were asking for donations to Lurie Children's Hospital so we thought it would be a nice gesture to donate the money there. We're not fans of either of them, but since Kanye did produce the original song we thought it would be respectful to donate to something near and dear to him."
Hey has replied to the letter with a five-page response that claims they tried to reach out to Kris Jenner to inform her of the press release for the auction, noting, "All Kris really had to do was reply to the email and talk to us directly, we were on friendly terms with the Kardashians so we would've respected their wishes. The ones affected the most by this are the children and their families."
He added in the letter, "I resent the tone in which your letter reads, and the manner in which your clients have chosen to handle this situation. The tone was hostile, belittling, and accusatory...we cannot control the public's assumptions, despite our carefully worded ‘advertisement.'"
Hey has complied with the request and noted at the end of the letter, "By the way, we will be burning the painting of Kanye West."