News: Kanye West's Paparazzo Problem Far From Over, New Battle On Deck
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 2:00PM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West may have struck a plea deal recently for a publicized paparazzo fight last summer but new reports claim the battle is not over.
According to reports, Mr. West's victim wants to take their case to civil court.
Sources close to photog Daniel Ramos -- who sued Yeezy for assault and battery after the LAX incident -- tell TMZ, Ramos is so confident in his case, he's refusing to settle for any amount of money ... he wants to go the whole nine with Kanye and bring his ass to court. We're told a trial date has already been set in the case and Ramos is going full steam ahead -- no sign anywhere of a settlement agreement. (TMZ)
Last year, Kanye said the paps could serve as a premium outlet to get messages out to the public.
"They help me to influence. At any point, if I want to talk directly to the public, I can use that outlet too," Kanye explained in an interview. "I should be respected to the highest level at this point for what I've been able to accomplish at this age." ("Big Boy's Neighborhood")
Recently, Ye explained why he reacted violently when confronted by a paparazzo back in July.
He also addressed his altercation with the photographer at LAX in July. "That's the day I found out that my grandfather was not gonna make it. He passed two weeks later," said 'Ye, who has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft. But he was in a much better mood on Friday. "I know you guys are gonna photograph me. I know it makes a cool photo. I got a cool a** car and sh*t. I got a dope a** outfit on. It's all good and sh*t." (Rap-Up)
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented the photographer Ye attacked, publicly went after the mega rap star following comments he made on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last year.
Speaking to RadarOnline.com in the wake of the late-night interview, Allred said: "Mr. West made it clear that he thinks that he has the right to attack anyone that antagonizes him by asking him a question that he does not like. He thinks that paparazzi are fair game. "In his televised appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show he sent a message that anyone that crosses him is not safe and that no one should forget that he is from Chicago. We have a message to you Mr. West in response." (RadarOnline)