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Kanye West pleads not guilty in battery case

2013-11-08 17:00
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Los Angeles - Kanye West has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour battery and attempted grand theft in a case filed over a scuffle with a celebrity photographer earlier this year.

Attorney Blair Berk entered the plea on the rapper's behalf on Thursday in a Los Angeles court. West was charged with two misdemeanours in September over a July altercation with paparazzo Daniel Ramos at Los Angeles International Airport.

Prosecutors declined to file felony charges against West, but decided to pursue the misdemeanours. Each carries a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1 000 fine.

Ramos claims West punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground on 19 July.

West's case is due back in court on 23 January.

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