This has been a strange time in the land of Kanye West. The new father to a beautiful baby girl, one of my favorite rappers has been some weird ish lately. From talk show appearances, to collaborations with Miley Cyrus, I can’t quite get my head around some of his moves, but I’m hoping he’s still… well… my Kanye. A little while back we learned that Yeezy would not be charged with a felony for an altercation with a photographer at LAX. However, we are now learning that he will be hit with misdemeanor charges of criminal battery and attempted grand theft. Le sigh. Click inside for more.
TMZ has the deets:
Kanye West has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft for allegedly attacking a paparazzo at LAX on July 19 … TMZ has learned.
Kanye went off on the photog … who dared to speak with him as he left the airport. The photog went to the hospital and has filed a lawsuit. The photog hired Gloria Allred, who has said the attack left her client badly injured.
Just days before the attack Kanye issued multiple warnings to the paparazzi NOT to speak to him.
If convicted of both misdemeanors … Kanye faces a maximum of 1 year in jail.
He’ll be arraigned October 10th.
We attempted to reach Kanye’s lawyer, Blair Berk, but her assistant said she was unavailable “because it’s the highest holy day of the year for Jews” and she was at services.
Ugh. All types of ugh. I really just want him to stick to the music, but over the past few months we’ve seen the ‘razzi really get to him.
But damn! Did you see that performance he did with Charlie Wilson?! He is so effing dope, I just want him to focus on his music. Like, for reals. Maybe this charge could have a positive effect on him. Right now, there’s no real way to fight the paparazzi, so until certain laws change (and I know Kanye has talked about wanting to make some of those changes come about), he’s gonna have to deal with them. And the sooner he figures out how to do that, the better.