Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West‘s recent streak of staying paparazzi-free is no coincidence as reports claim he has chosen key ways to avoid any messy run-ins with the flashing lights.
According to reports, Mr. West is steering clear of being caught at Los Angeles International Airport by taking alternate routes.
Kanye West has been instructed to stay clear of the paparazzi at LAX … to the point of flying hundreds of miles out of his way to avoid fresh confrontations … TMZ has learned. Kanye — who has been flying frequently — is finding all sorts of round-about ways of getting from L.A. to various destinations. One thing’s clear … getting into another paparazzi confrontation at LAX will be disastrous for his pending criminal case. TMZ broke the story … Kanye is being charged with battery and attempted grand theft for allegedly attacking a yappy photog. So, for example, we found out … Kanye and Kim Kardashian are going to Paris later this week, but they will be flying to another airport via private jet, where they will pick up a non-stop commercial flight to gay Paree. We’re told the private jet for the first leg will cost Kanye $5,000. We’re guessing he can afford it. (TMZ)
This week, court documents revealed Kanye said he felt putting up a brief scuffle was his only option when confronted by a paparazzo last July.
Kanye West says he went after that photog at LAX because he feared for his safety … and that’s why he pulled out a can of whoop ass and used it. Kanye is responding to the civil suit filed by the paparazzo who claims Kanye assaulted him on July 19th at LAX and caused him serious injury. According to Kanye’s answer to the lawsuit, filed by Shawn Holley and obtained by TMZ … he believed “his safety was in immediate danger.” And then there’s this: “[Kanye] responded to this assault by doing only those acts that were reasonably necessary for his self-defense …” In addition to the civil lawsuit, Kanye faces criminal charges that could land him in jail for a maximum of 1 year if convicted. (TMZ)
Mr. West’s physical assault on the photographer came back to bite him a few weeks ago.
City attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan says West was also charged Friday with one count of attempted grand theft. The rapper’s arraignment has been set for Oct. 10 but he is not required to appear if he has an attorney. Photographer Daniel Ramos claims West punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground during an incident at the airport on July 19. Prosecutors declined to file felony charges against West, but city prosecutors decided to pursue misdemeanor charges. Each carries a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine. (ABC News)
Buzz about Ramos possibly seeking legal action against Ye surfaced a day prior to him holding a media conference.
Attorney Gloria Allred is set to announce the filing of a lawsuit against Kanye West over the Yeezus rapper’s confrontation with a videographer at LAX airport in mid-July. The videographer will appear alongside Allred at a news conference on Wednesday where footage of the incident will be played. The attorney will also “strongly condemn the support that some celebrities have given Kanye West for his attack on ‘paparazzi,'” reads Allred’s statement. (The Hollywood Reporter)