Kanye West's $57 million Malibu home was supposed to be the bomb… shelter. According to a new lawsuit filed against the rapper, Kanye wanted to remove the windows and electricity from the existing structure of his oceanfront property and turn it into a "bomb shelter from the 1910s."
The former project manager and property caretaker, Tony Saxon, is now suing Ye for unpaid wages, but the lawsuit sheds light on the bizarre design elements the rapper envisioned — much of which were deemed unsafe and didn't meet labor codes.
Keep reading to see the gutted house and learn more details…
Kanye West allegedly ordered Tony Saxon to move large generators into the home because he didn't want to rely on electricity.
After Tony refused because he worried the generators were a fire hazard, Kanye became livid.
While firing Tony, Ye ordered him to "get the hell out" and told him he would be "considered an enemy if he did not comply," according to the complaint, which was obtained by NBC News.
"When Plaintiff refused to engage in unlawful conduct or to engage in activity that would further cause him physical injury, Mr. Ye responded: 'If you don't do what I say, you're not going to work for me, I'm not gonna be your friend anymore and you'll just see me on TV,'" the suit alleges.
Tony Saxon (pictured) claims Kanye West didn't just want to remove electricity and windows from the home — he also wanted to demolish the custom marble bathrooms, take out existing plumbing and replace the stairs with slides.
"We were going to be gutting all of that out and sort of building him a Bat Cave," Tony says, adding that he initially believed Ye wanted the home as an "art project" rather than a place to live. However, as the project progressed, it became clear that "no, he wants to live in here," Tony notes.
"[Kanye] wanted no electricity. He only wanted plants. He only wanted candles. He only wanted battery lights. And he just wanted to have everything open and dark," Tony says.
Kanye West didn't want to be a "slave" to modern technology and didn't want to be "accessible" to the government, Tony Saxon alleges in his lawsuit.
"He wants to be on a privatized Wi-Fi network," Saxon says. "He wants to have an alternate source of energy. He wants to have no doors, no windows, no fixtures, just concrete."
"You can't keep food in that house, because you had no refrigerator left," Tony explains. "You had no windows. I had sea gulls flying in."
According to a TMZ report, during the two-month span that Tony Saxon worked for Kanye West, the project manager essentially lived at the home and literally used a coat as makeshift bedding. After telling Ye of the "miserable" conditions, the rapper shrugged.
"Hopefully we can bury the hatchet, but I physically cannot do any more work like that anymore," Tony states in the lawsuit. "My neck and my back have been destroyed."
According to Tony's lawyer, "Ye has shown a reckless disregard toward his employees and has flouted the law in unbelievably dangerous ways throughout this entire project at the Malibu house. He continues his pattern of not paying his bills while treating workers terribly. No employee should have to suffer through the sort of working conditions Mr. Saxon was forced to endure, yet Ye showed no concern and merely wanted the work done, despite the hazardous and unsafe, not to mention illegal, actions he was trying to force the plaintiff to undertake."
Neighbors told TMZ that the home has been "left to rot," adding that no one has been seen working at the property in "many months."
Photos show outside railings rusting and concrete walls discoloring.