Rapper Kanye West charged in connection with incident at LAX
Last Updated: 83 days ago
LOS ANGELES - Rapper Kanye West was charged Friday with one misdemeanor count each of battery and attempted grand theft stemming from an alleged run-in July 19 with a paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport.
West is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 10 at the Airport Branch Courthouse, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.
The charges come less than a month after the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office declined to file a felony case against West, referring the matter to the City Attorney's Office for consideration of a misdemeanor case.
In declining Aug. 16 to file a felony case, a prosecutor noted that the freelance photographer "did not sustain significant injury" and was treated and released the same day.
The run-in occurred after the rap star -- the father of reality TV star Kim Kardashian's daughter, North -- arrived at the Bradley International Terminal.
West's attorney has insisted that the rapper was only trying to prevent a photographer from taking his picture.
On Aug. 21, Daniel Ramos filed a lawsuit against the rapper.
"When Kanye West attacked me, I was in complete shock," Ramos said during a news conference with his attorney, Gloria Allred. "All I had done was ask him a question. I was terrified when Kanye started to come at me. I backed up because I felt from the look in his eyes that he was going to attack me."
Ramos said he had to use crutches after the attack, and more recently a cane.
His Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit includes allegations of assault, battery and negligence against the rapper.
"Mr. West suddenly attacked Danny, punching him and attempting to wrestle Danny's camera from his hands," Allred said. "Danny held onto his camera and fell down onto his knees onto the paved sidewalk with enough force that he sustained injuries to his right hip, was in great pain and had to be transported in an ambulance to the emergency room."
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