So … it was only a matter of time before this post was going to be written so let’s just get right to it. Kanye West is being investigated by police after he allegedly attacked a photographer and sent the dude to the hospital. Apparently, the photog attempted to talk to Kanye (something that Kanye has demanded that NO ONE DO EVER) and proceeded to take photos of him … and Kanye allegedly went ape-shizz on him and attempted to take away his camera and ended up injuring him in the process. Kanye fled the scene (ie. he got on his plane and carried on with his day), police were called and the pap was sent to the hospital. I mean, considering how hot Kanye‘s temper has been lately, this was bound to happen sooner or later. Click below to see some photos of the incident and read more deets.
Kanye West has been named a felony suspect in the LAX attack Friday afternoon … TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … police suspect Kanye committed an attempted robbery when he assaulted a photog at the airport and tried to jack his camera. The case has now been transferred to the Robbery Homicide Unit and cops are currently putting a file together. Our sources say the case will be referred to the L.A. County D.A. for possible prosecution. The victim was taken to the hospital after the attack. His condition is unknown.
The victim wants to press charges against Kanye … law enforcement sources tell TMZ. What’s more, our sources say he’s been interviewed by cops and they’ve determined he did indeed suffer injuries during the attack. Cops will refer the case to the D.A. as a felony attempted robbery and not a battery case. The routine is to go after the suspect for the most serious charge.
Here is a statement issued by the police about this incident:
“Today at approximately 2:00 p.m., at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (on the arrival level curbside), Los Angeles Airport Police officers were flagged down by a citizen (photographer) who alleged that he was taking pictures of an individual when he was battered by the subject. The alleged subject was not at the location nor was he observed by officers at the scene. LAFD was notified, responded to the location and transported the victim to a local hospital for medical attention. A police report was taken by the Los Angeles Police Department and the investigation is ongoing.”
To be fair, photogs usually do everything they can to get a response from the celebrities they take photos of … this time around, this particular photog got a more forceful response than he was probably expecting. Should Kanye have put his hands on the pap? No. Is it possible the photog was exaggerating his injuries as a result? Yes, it’s very possible. We’ll have to wait and see what the police and district attorney decide to do with this case but it’s very clear to me, Kanye was bound to react this way sooner or later. Stay tuned, I’m sure we’ll hear more about this case … and we may see further instances of Kanye going ballistic on photogs.