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Kanye West Charged in Airport Scuffle

Rapper faces battery and attempted grand theft charges over paparazzi incident

Kanye West performs on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.'

Kanye West performs on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'.

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Kanye West has been charged with battery and attempted grand theft for his July encounter with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. Reuters reports that each of these misdemeanor charges carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison if West is found guilty.

West was captured on video on July 19th confronting a photographer at LAX and appearing to wrestle him to the ground. Los Angeles City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan told Reuters that West also tried to take equipment from the photographer. The incident occurred in the month after West saw the birth of his first child with Kim Kardashian, as well as the release of his album Yeezus.

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West’s arraignment is scheduled for October 10th in Los Angeles. 


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