News: BREAKING NEWS: Kanye West Arrested On Vandalism Charges
Thursday, Sep 11, 2008 12:00PM
[Editor's Note: This article has been updated as information became available.]
Hip-Hop superstar Kanye West was arrested this morning at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California.
According to Access Hollywood, Ye was arrested earlier today (September 11) at one of the terminal's security points for vandalism. While police are unable to speak on what sparked the incident, LAX spokesman Marshall Lowe explained what went down.
"Mr. West was arrested at 7:51 a.m. [PT] outside the passenger screening area by airport police on charges of vandalism," he said in a statement. "Initial reports say this incident involved a paparazzo and a camera valued at more than $10,000."
However, Yeezy was not the only person taken by authorities from the incident.
"In addition, Mr. West's road manager was arrested for vandalism and battery," Lowe added. "Several witnesses are being interviewed by police. West and his manager are being transported to an LAPD station where they're expected to be booked."
According to TMZ, one of their cameramen noticed Ye having his pictures taken when he proceeded to take the person's camera which was followed by a cry of "Police, help!" The rap star then took the man's camera and threw it on to the ground completely destroying it.
Upon noticing what occurred, TMZ's cameraman walked towards Ye with his camera recording when approached by the road manager, Don C. After failing to hand over the recorder, the manager proceeded to take it, rip off the mic and smash to the floor. When police asked the cameraman if he had taped the incident, Ye allegedly lunged and screamed "Give me the f*cking videotape" before authorities took him into custody.
Kanye's rep has was unavailable for comment at press time.
West was late in California when he closed out MTV's VMAs last Sunday (September 9) and premiered his new track, "Love Lockdown." Appearing in an all gray suit with and attached lit-up red heart, 'Ye premiered the drum heavy, R&B tinged song, as the MTV audience illuminated the stage by raising their cellphones. The Chicago-based rapper's video for "Good Life" won for "Best Special Effects"
In related Kanye news, the rapper/producer recently made headlines when buzz about a forthcoming album possibly dropping this December began to spread.
Along with his work on "big brother" Jay-Z's forthcoming Blueprint 3 album, management for 'Ye told Billboard that the Chicago-bred artist is carefully planning his fourth Def Jam release.
Previously titled Good Ass Job, the follow-up to his multi-platinum Graduation has yet to be given an official name or release date but several outlets like Target and Amazon have listed the disc for sale online on December 16th with the album title 808s & Heartbreak.
Update: According to TMZ, Kanye is currently out on bail
Stay tuned to SOHH as the story develops.