Well, Kanye West reportedly won’t be facing criminal charges after an alleged assault that happened in a Beverly Hills chiropractor’s office earlier this month — but that doesn’t mean it didn’t cost him. According to TMZ, the rapper settled out of court with the alleged victim today for more than $250,000. Yeezus, that’s a hefty sum.

Still, it’s probably a better deal for Kanye to settle the matter out of court than face criminal charges. Sounds like the evidence against him would have been mighty compelling. In exchange for the quarter-of-a-million-dollar payout, the young man who allegedly called Kanye’s fiancée Kim Kardashian a “n—r lover” and a “stupid slut” will not be going forward with testifying against Kanye in any future legal proceedings.

Without his testimony to rely on, it’s unlikely the district attorney would now go through with a criminal case — not that their “star witness” was exactly an ideal one, according to TMZ’s expertise. Given his “alleged racial epithets,” it’s very possible any hypothetical jurors during the trial would take exception to that kind of language, perhaps causing them to side with Kanye.

Neither Kanye nor his lawyer are commenting on the negotiation at this time.

Source: TMZ