Kanye West has been labelled a “bully” by his former bodyguard, who is threatening to sue him for damages.
Steve Stanulis has spoken out against the rapper numerous times, claiming he was the “neediest, moodiest client” he’s ever had.
The bodyguard was accused of breaking a confidentiality agreement after he spoke out about his time looking after Kim Kardashian’s husband on a podcast earlier this year, but now, he’s the one who’s threatening to sue.
After sharing a number of stories of Kanye’s alleged diva demands and behaviour, Steve was sent a cease and desist letter by the rapper’s lawyers in June, threatening to sue him for $10 million if he continued to speak out.
The letter claimed Steve had made a number of “false and defamatory” statements about the star during his interview on the Hollywood Raw podcast hosted by Dax Holt and Adam Glyn.
It also claimed he breached a confidentiality agreement he had signed in February 2016.
But now, Page Six reports that they’ve seen a response from Steve’s lawyers, who claim he never signed any agreement in the first place.
The response states: “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, told the site: “Our client is being bullied here, and we will not stand for that.”
And Steve himself said: “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!”
The bodyguard added that he would never sign away his “First Amendment rights” and that he’s even developing a new movie based on his experiences as a bodyguard to the stars.
He added: “So if Kanye and Kim want to go to war, bring it on — they aren’t the only ones with a strong legal team.”
Back in May, Steve made a number of claims about the couple on the podcast.
He even went as far as to say he was convinced that Kim and Kanye would tip the paparazzi off about their whereabouts, saying there was no way photographers always just happened to know where they were going.
He said: “First of all, there’s no way [paparazzi] doesn’t get called upfront. There’s no way every time they are leaving, all these people know about it.
“There’s definitely somebody calling ahead. That’s just my opinion. I’m just saying it’s coincidental that wherever we are, they’re always there. Maybe they’re just better than I think they are.”
Steve, who got into being a celebrity bodyguard after working simultaneously as a stripper and a police officer, also shared tales of Kanye’s shocking diva behaviour.
He says Kanye would insist that he walked 10 paces behind him at all times in public, making it actually pretty difficult for him to do his job, and that Kanye wouldn’t even push a lift button for himself.
Steve said: “The first day I met him, it was fashion week. I was supposed to meet him at the studio.
“When he gets there, we get into the elevator and he’s says, ‘Aren’t you going to push what floor we are going to?’
“I was like, ‘I have no idea what floor, it’s my first day’. So he starts ranting, ‘So you mean you didn’t call ahead to find out where I’m supposed to be going?’
“I said ‘no’. So he’s ranting and raving. So I said, ‘Look bro, we can do this one of three ways. One, you could tell me what button to press, and now I’ll know. Two, you could press the button, and I’ll see which one you press so I’ll know. Or three, you can sit in here all day and tell me how important your time is and we are not going to go anywhere’.
“Again, that was our first interaction. He went for the first option.”
Mirror Online has contacted Kanye’s representatives for comment.