News: Kanye West To Avoid Jail Time, Judge Offers Rapper Community Service Option

Friday, Oct 23, 2009 5:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Kanye West and his associate, Don Crowley, are reportedly being given an option to avoid jail time for their assault and vandalism charges from last year's LAX incident in exchange for community service.

Yeezy's attorney, Blair Berk, appeared in court Friday (October 23) morning and argued in the rapper's defense.

Deputy L.A. City Attorney Felton Newell disputed the notion the case was overcharged, claiming the defendants acted with "reckless disregard," adding the video shows "an intent to commit a felony." Berk appeared without her client and noted that TMZ had settled its beef with Kanye because West paid for the camera he broke at LAX on Sept. 11, 2008. The judge agreed -- saying if TMZ didn't want to press charges, it didn't make a lot of sense to carry on with the case. In the end, the judge felt since the defendants enrolled in an anger management program, he said he'll dismiss the charges when they both serve 50 hours of community service. But he added Kanye's conduct was not acceptable. (TMZ)

Prior to having his hearing delayed to today, Ye's case was pushed back multiple times.

Rap superstar Kanye West has a court hearing scheduled in Los Angeles Monday (July 20) in connection with his arrest last year in an incident with a photographer. West is not required to attend the hearing and his attorney Blair Berk will likely get a continuance. Kanye is charged with three misdemeanors from the September 11th incident when he and his manager allegedly smashed a camera and flash. (Radar Online)

Yeezy pleaded "not guilty" earlier this year.

Ye has pleaded not guilty to battery charges. Kanye's attorney Blair Berk snuck in under the radar and appeared on his behalf this past Friday (May 15). West's road manager, Don Crawley, 33, who was charged with two counts of each of the above crimes, also pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley. (People)

He was officially charged last March.

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. 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. (Extra TV)

No further information has been revealed as of now.

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