Designer 'desperate' to find NYFW performer after Kanye imposter scam

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The hip-hop entertainer has shut down buzz about maliciously forging Kanye West's name to secure almost $1 million in a deal with designer Philipp Plein.

Page Six reported on Friday that an associate and former friend of West's contacted Plein, who has a huge New York Fashion Week event planned for Monday, pretending to be the rapper's rep and negotiating for him to "perform" at the show.

"It gets worse. We're told the guy forged Kanye's name on the contract and then had a $900,000 advance wired to an account ... which the guy promptly cleaned out". Under the bogus deal, West was supposed to show up five hours ahead of time, take a red carpet walk, attend the catwalk show, the cocktail party and the dinner. The Blast reports Plein agreed to donate $500,000 to the foundation. A list of things including a three-course-meal and a performance by American rapper Kanye West, were promised to the guests in attendance.

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They were also allowed a travel budget for West, Yusef, the orchestra and the kids, totalling $170,000.

Plein not only fell for this whole scam, but he also sent a contract over where the suspect forged Kanye's signature. "But unfortunately an individual pretended to be part of his management team and acted without Kanye's knowledge, capitalizing on a former friendship with him". Music... so if the media knows that much, we can assume police hopefully won't be too long in tracking the man down?! According to documents obtained by The Blast, frequent collaborator Malik Yusef was the one who made the deal.

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