News: Kanye West Slapped W/ Criminal Charges, Faces Jail Time For LAX Smackdown

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009 5:23PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has been officially charged with three criminal counts due to his publicized attack on a photographer at Los Angeles International airport last fall.


Along with Ye, manager Don Crawley was also charged.

The rapper has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of vandalism, grand theft and battery stemming from a scuffle with a paparazzo at LAX in September 2008. Kanye's manager Don Crawley was also charged with two counts each of vandalism, grand theft and battery. (Extra TV)

Early reports predicted that Ye would receive a handful of charges.

The Los Angeles city attorney is expected today (March 18) to file three misdemeanor charges against rapper and producer Kanye West in connection with a scuffle with paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport. The decision by city prosecutors to pursue several charges -- expected to be misdemeanor vandalism, battery and grand theft -- comes six months after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to pursue felony charges. (Los Angeles Times)

Ye faces time behind bars if a judge does not rule in his favor next month.

If convicted of all charges, West could face up to two years and six months in jail, while Crawley could face up to five years, he said. Their arraignment hearing is set for April 14 at the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse. (CNN)

The incident took place last September while Ye was preparing to board a flight to Hawaii.

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." (SOHH)

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