Kanye West Responds to Charges in Paparazzo Incident
UPDATE (September 23, 2013):
It was self-defense, Kanye West says of his July 19 conflict with a paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport (more information below). Kanye has filed an answer to the lawsuit submitted by the pap. The answer, as reported by TMZ, claims Kanye’s “safety was in immediate danger.” It continues: “[Kanye] responded to this assault by doing only those acts that were reasonably necessary for his self-defense.” We will have additional details on the case as they become available.
UPDATE (September 13, 2013):
Even Yeezus can't escape the law! Kanye West has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft for his July 19 paparazzo incident at the Los Angeles International Airport (more details below). This all sounds very serious, but what could the charges amount to? Well prosecutors filed the charges as misdemeanors and if Kanye is convicted on both accounts, he could face up to a year in jail or a $1000 fine. We'll find out if the slammer is in his stars next month, on October 10, 2013, when Kanye is due to be arraigned on the charges — though the rapper won't need to appear at the trial if he's got an attorney. Stay tuned for more updates!
UPDATE (August 21, 2013):
Judging by the press conference attorney Gloria Allred and her client Danny “Dano” Ramos hosted earlier this afternoon, they mean to hold Kanye West responsible for “the suffering that he has forced Danny Ramos to endure.” That suffering includes “terrible pain” according to Dano, who added that after the July 19 incident he “spent two weeks on crutches” and still sometimes walks with a cane.
“I think Kanye needs to do the right thing,” Gloria added, though she failed to specify what “the right thing” may be — or how much it might cost. The famous attorney summed up her professional feelings about the matter with this statement: “Celebrities are not above the law. Like everyone else they need to be accountable for their misconduct.” Sounds like it might be time to lawyer up, Kanye. Or apologize.
Now, the rap mogul is looking at court dates, legal fees, and, his favorite thing, more paparazzi covering his every move. And if Gloria’s track record representing some of Hollywood’s biggest namesis any indication, she’ll have no trouble pumping this case up for the media. Expect to see the video caught of Kanye confronting Dano on a fairly constant loop for the next few weeks.
There is one piece of good news for the rapper: Last week the L.A. District Attorney announced Kanye won’t face felony charges from that office. Still, that doesn’t rule out the possibility that the L.A. City Attorney will prosecute Kanye for battery and vandalism in connection with the attack, says TMZ. That would be a one-two legal punch on a case it seemed would likely fade away after a quiet settlement.
TMZ will livestream a news conference hosted by Gloria today (Wednesday, August 29) at 1 p.m. PST. Details to come.