September 24, 2013


Kanye West Claims Self-Defense in Paparazzo Fight

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Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic

Kanye West is fighting back against Daniel Ramos, the paparazzo suing the rapper for grand theft and battery, claiming that he acted in self-defense against the aggressive photographer, according to TMZ.

The incident happened at LAX airport in July, when Ramos told the rapper, "C'mon Kanye, be cool, man. Why can't I talk to you…C'mon Kanye, I don't wanna fight with you." West appeared calm, telling Ramos, "What you're trying to do is get me in trouble, so I step out and have to pay you too much attention." After more back and forth, West lunged at the photographer and grappled with him before being whisked away in his car.

According to the suit, West believed "his safety was in immediate danger" and that [Kanye] responded to this assault by doing only those acts that were reasonably necessary for his self-defense."

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