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Kanye West charged in paparazzo scuffle

  • West has been charged with battery and attempted theft
  • The altercation reportedly happened July 19 at LAX airport
Kanye West charged in paparazzo scuffle

Rapper Kanye West is facing misdemeanor charges after reportedly attacking a photographer in July. 

The Los Angeles city attorney's office charged West on Friday with criminal battery and attempted grand theft. On July 19, a man told Los Angeles International Airport police he was taking pictures of an "individual" when he was attacked by the suspect. The photographer was taken to a nearby hospital with non-specific injuries.

A representative for West did not respond to a request for comment.  The rapper is scheduled to kick off his "Yeezus" North American tour in Seattle on October 19. He also recently became a new dad to North West, his daughter with Kim Kardashian.

The arraignment is scheduled for October 10. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of six months behind bars.

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