Kanye West could be facing an attempted robbery charge stemming from his airport altercation on Friday with a paparazzo.
The 36-year-old singer, who recently welcomed a baby girl with reality star Kim Kardashian, went after a photographer that talked to him at LAX.
Kanye West told photographers not to talk to him and obviously meant it!
One cameraman asked, “Can we talk to you Kanye? What’s going on, man?”
Kanye glared at the man as he walked out the door of the airport.
“What’s going on, man? … You’re a cool guy. … Why can’t we talk to you?” the cameraman continues, as Kanye walks on, clearly pissed. Kanye was about to get in a car before turning to look at the guy speaking. uy.
“Kanye, c’mon. I don’t want to fight with you,” says the videographer. Kanye walked toward him, with the cameraman saying, “Dude, seriously. I don’t want to fight with you.”
Kanye West said, “You’re trying to get me in trouble … so I’ll have to pay you, like, $250,000.”
That thought didn’t seem to deter him as he jumped the guy.
The photographer was taken to a local hospital and wants to press charges against the rapper.
Authorities will present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as a felony attempted robbery rather than the lesser charge of battery.
Prosecutors will ultimately decide which charges will be filed, if any.
Kanye was surrounded by around five photographers who caught the incident on tape as the rapper left LAX with his bodyguard.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Airport Police said in a statement, “Today at approximately 2:00 p.m., at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (on the arrival level curbside), Los Angeles Airport Police officers were flagged down by a citizen (photographer) who alleged that he was taking pictures of an individual when he was battered by the subject. The alleged subject was not at the location nor was he observed by officers at the scene”.
They added, “LAFD was notified, responded to the location and transported the victim to a local hospital for medical attention. A police report was taken by the Los Angeles Police Department and the investigation is ongoing”.
Kanye West had made it clear he despises the paparazzi and even went on a rant last week after a photographer complimented his music.
He said, “Don’t talk, don’t talk to me” as he grabbed the camera.
The incident on Friday happened the same day Kim Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, appeared on “The Talk”.
Jenner said that Kanye doesn’t have a bad temper. Kris stated, “Knowing Kanye and I do know him very, very well and I am very close to him…he doesn’t have a short temper like everybody thinks”.
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