Rapper Lil Nas X on Saturday confirmed through his official social media pages that he will be heading to court on Monday for the satan shoes.
As a result, Lil Nas X requested his fans and followers across the world to put him in prayers ahead of the court date.
“Going to court on Monday for the satan shoes wish me luck.” Wrote Lil Nas X while breaking the news.
Rapper Lil Nas X launched a controversial pair of “Satan Shoes” featuring a bronze pentagram, an inverted cross and a drop of real human blood.
The black and red sneakers, part of a collaboration between Lil Nas X and New York-based art collective MSCHF, were made using Nike Air Max 97s, though the sportswear brand has distanced itself from the design.
In an emailed statement to the media including CNN, Nike said it was not involved in creating the modified sneakers. “We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF,” the company said. “Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.”
The shoes sparked outrage online and attracted criticism from a number of high-profile political and religious figures, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and the evangelical pastor Mark Burns.
The latter described the sneakers in a tweet as “evil” and “heresy.” Some fans of the “Old Town Road” rapper, meanwhile, tweeted their support and desire to own a pair.
However, Nike Inc in April this year confirmed that it had settled a lawsuit against a Brooklyn company that made “Satan Shoes” in conjunction with the rapper Lil Nas X, and that the company had agreed to recall voluntarily.
The settlement with MSCHF Product Studio Inc resolved a trademark infringement lawsuit that Nike filed earlier over the black-and-red, devil-themed sneakers, which carry the Nike “swoosh” logo.