News: Kanye West Knocks Out LAX Assault Community Service, Charges Are Dropped
Friday, Jan 29, 2010 5:55PM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has finally completed the community service hours he was slapped with following the 2008 scuffle with a photographer at LAX.
According to reports, Ye's attorney appeared in court with documents proving his completion of volunteer work.
Kanye West wasn't just doing his good deed for the day when he performed community service for International aid agency, The Red Cross -he was also working toward getting assault charges against him dismissed. A judge agreed to dismiss the charges if West and [manager Don] Crowley each performed 50-hours of community service and attended anger management classes. Kanye's lawyer, Blair Burke, along with Crowley's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley presented evidence at an Los Angeles court Friday that their clients had fulfilled their duties by working for The Red Cross, causing the charges to be dismissed. (Radar Online)
Last October, Ye attorney Blair Berk appeared in court and won the rapper community service.
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)
He previously pleaded "not guilty" to the charges.
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)
Check out a past Kanye West performance down below: