September 14, 2013


Kanye West Charged With Attempted Grand Theft, Battery

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Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic

Kanye West was formally charged with grand theft and battery yesterday after an altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International airport two months ago, which was captured on video.

According to Reuters, both charges are misdemeanors and each carry a maximum penalty of six months in prison.

West's arraignment is scheduled for October 10th in Los Angeles.

The incident in question occurred on July 19th when a particularly persistent photographer, later identified as Daniel Ramos, refused to back down from shouting at and snapping West.

He walked up to Ramos and said, "What you're trying to do is get me in trouble, so I step out and have to pay you too much attention."

Ramos continued and West tried to grab the camera out of his hands. After another photographer yelled "stop it," Kanye put his hands up and left in his car.

The LAPD announced shortly after the incident that they were investigating West for battery. 

Felony charges were dismissed in late August by the L.A. County district attorney's office and the case was sent down to the city attorney.

Days after the felony charges were dropped, Ramos announced that he was suing West for "assault, battery, negligence and violation of his civil rights."