Los Angeles - Rapper Kanye West was charged on Friday with
battery and attempted theft after he allegedly attacked a paparazzi
photographer at Los Angeles International airport in July, officials said.
Cameraman Daniel Ramos, who filmed the incident in which
West allegedly attacked him and tried to seize his camera, filed a lawsuit last
month alleging assault, battery and negligence against the US rapper.
"When Kanye West attacked me, I was in complete
shock," Ramos told a news conference hosted by celebrity attorney Gloria
"All I had done was ask him a question. I was terrified
when Kanye started to come at me. I backed up because I felt from the look in
his eyes that he was going to attack me."
The lensman said he was left having to use crutches after
the incident, and more recently a cane.
West's lawyers claim the musician was only trying to prevent
the photographer from taking his picture.
But lawyer Allred said: "Mr West suddenly attacked
Danny, punching him and attempting to wrestle Danny's camera from his hands.
She added: "Danny held onto his camera and fell down
onto his knees, onto the paved sidewalk with enough force that he sustained
injuries to his right hip, was in great pain and had to be transported in an
ambulance to the emergency room."
The mega-star musician, whose infant daughter, North, with
reality TV star Kim Kardashian was born in June, is due to be arraigned on 10 October
on one misdemeanor charge and one of attempted grand theft, the LA City
Attorney's office said.
Prosecutors declined to press more serious felony charges,
noting on August 16 that the freelance photographer "did not sustain
significant injury" and was released from the emergency room the same day.
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