August 17, 2013


Kanye West Dodges Felony Charge in Paparazzi Incident

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Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic

Kanye West will not face felony charges after the scuffle with a paparazzo in late July that resulted in a LAPD investigation.

You probably know the story by now: the "Black Skinhead" rapper was outside of Los Angeles International Airport last month when a particularly bullish photographer goaded him until he got upset.

'Ye then tried to pull the camera from the man's hands (GASP!) and the photog flopped on the floor crying that he had been hurt. He has since been licking his wounds—or lack thereof.

According to the Associated Press, the L.A. County district attorney's office decided not to file a felony charge against Mr. West.

They are instead sending the case down to the city attorney, who can file a misdemeanor charge if he so chooses.

Prosecutors told the judge that the pap did not actually sustain significant injury and that it is currently unknown whether or not his camera was damaged in the incident. 

West's lack of a felony record also played in his favor.

The airport clash in question is hardly the first time 'Ye's had trouble with the constant paparazzi presence that has flowered out of his relationship with reality star and pap-magnet, Kim Kardashian. 

In May, flustered by shutterbugs, he ran straight into a street sign—which, of course, was caught on camera and will live in the recesses of the Internet for the rest of timez. 

Then, in mid-July he went off on another persistent photog, spouting the glorious lines:

"Don't talk to me at all and don't talk to anyone I know at all, and tell everybody, never talk to anyone that anyone knows. Don't talk to themselves, don't talk ever again."

Needless to say, it kinda sucks to be Kanye West right now; nobody wants a creeper with a camera lurking behind every door, fence or pole.

For us non-gods not dating a Kardashian, there are laws and stuff against stalkers.