The trial for a case involving two former Donda Academy Teachers, who claimed that Ye had wrongfully terminated them from the now closed private Christian school in April 2025.
Cecilia Hailey, Chekare Byers, and others filed a civil suit against Ye (formally Kanye) in April. The lawsuit painted a bizarre image of the Simi Valley School: students were only served sushi at lunch, they had to sit down on the floor, the doors were locked from the outside and classes only took place on the first-floor because the rapper “was afraid of stairs.”
Hailey and Byers are mother and daughters. They also claimed in the lawsuit they were victims of racism by the rapper, and that they were fired as a result of reporting code violations. The women are Black.
According to a Friday court filing, Hailey Byers and Ye both requested a jury trial. Donda Academy and the other defendants did not request a jury trial. The filing indicates that the trial is set for April 9, 2025 at a Los Angeles Courthouse.
On Saturday, it was not possible to reach a representative of the rapper or an attorney representing Hailey and Byers for a comment.
Ron Zambrano is the attorney representing the women. He said previously that the lawsuit proved that the rapper was “clearly as bad as he is in managing his personal and professional life.”
Zambrano accused Ye Ye of creating an unsafe and illegal school environment, “which also discriminated the plaintiffs on the basis of their race.”
In the lawsuit, it was alleged that forks, knives, and other utensils had been banned from the school. Students were forced to eat only sushi and were served both lunch and recess indoors. The lawsuit alleged there were no school nurses or cleaning services, that medications were either expired or unsecured on campus, and that crosswords puzzles were prohibited.
According to the lawsuit, there was no jewelry allowed, no color on the wall, and students were only allowed to wear clothing designed or issued by the rapper. Nike and Adidas are “forbidden,” the suit said.
The suit stated that classes were held at the first-floor because “he was afraid of stairs”, according to the suit.
Byers stated in an earlier statement that she had been disappointed, and considered working at the college a “huge honour and privilege.”
She said, “I am extremely saddened by all this.” “I’m a huge Kanye fan. “His first album was my first purchase.”
Byers stated that Ye’s vision of the school was “great on paper,” but in reality it was “pure chaos, mutiny and disorder.”
In her statement, she said: “It is like a mental institution run by patients.”
According to an amended complaint, Meeks claimed that she alerted the administrators about exposed electrical wiring and other safety risks in the building as well as bullying issues. According to her, she was told that the school “was working on the kinks.”
The suit stated that she claimed that some parents had attended her class and complained about the lack of books, textbooks, or educational materials. According to the lawsuit, the students received printouts from online worksheets and books, but the teacher was reprimanded for the complaints.
The suit states that Meeks was informed by the staffing agency who placed her at Donda Academy on October 12 that the school no longer wanted her to teach there. She claimed that she was expected to work at the school at least until the end of the academic year, and no reason for her termination was given.
Hailey and Byers, the employment law firm that represents her, is also representing her.
Donda Academy closed in October after the fallout of antisemitic remarks Ye made. However, records from California’s Education Department show that the school remains active.