Kanye West assaulted a paparazzo & now he might be charged with a felony

If I wasn’t being told by every media outlet that Kanye West instigated some kind of physical altercation with a paparazzo at LAX on Friday night, I would have thought something different was happening in these photos. It really looks like a paparazzo tried to rush and tackle Kanye and Kanye easily deflected the tackle, right? Right. But I guess there’s an assault taking place here. It depends on what Kanye was doing with his hands. According to Radar, Kanye approached the pap and “shoved [him] to the ground, yelling at him” after the guy tried to take his photo. Kanye “grabbed his shoulders and punched him.” Paramedics were called to the scene and now the paparazzo wants to press charges for what could be felony assault.

New dad Kanye West may be in trouble with the law. The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an investigation after West allegedly attacked videographer Daniel Ramos outside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.

The altercation, caught on camera and posted on TMZ, took place after Ramos filmed the rapper and asked him questions as he walked out of the airport to a waiting car.

At one point in the video, an irritated West, 36, breaks his silence and accuses the paparazzo of trying to provoke him. “You’re trying to get me in trouble so I have to pay you, like, $250,000,” West says in the footage. He then appears to lunge at Ramos.

“Kanye hates when the paparazzi speaks to him,” a photographer source tells PEOPLE. “He got very annoyed with the videographer and lost it.”

According to police Sergeant Belinda L. Nettles, paramedics responded and transported Ramos to a local hospital for medical attention. The extent of his injuries is unknown.

“A police report was taken by the Los Angeles Police Department and the investigation is ongoing,” Nettles said in a statement to PEOPLE.

Although TMZ reports that police will refer the case to the D.A. as a felony attempted robbery (a more serious charge) rather than a battery case, Officer Sara Faden tells PEOPLE, “We can confirm that our detectives are handling the case, however, we’re not sure if a misdemeanor or felony charge will be filed. The charge will determine if it goes to the City Attorney or D.A.’s office.”

West’s rep could not be reached for comment.

Ramos is no stranger to quarreling with celebrities. In 2007 Britney Spears bashed his SUV with an umbrella after he pursued and photographed her.

[From People]

Not only did Kanye strike the pap, he also tried to take the guy’s camera. Which is a whole other possible charge for “attempted robbery”. TMZ’s law enforcement sources say Ramos has been interviewed by cops and they confirm he did suffer injuries from the attack. TMZ also says, “Cops will refer the case to the D.A. as a felony attempted robbery and not a battery case. The routine is to go after the suspect for the most serious charge.”

Oh, there’s video too. Of course there is. The paparazzo sounds like such a douche. Not that he deserved to be punched or whatever, I’m just saying that it’s not like Kanye just punched some random dude for no reason. As Kanye says before he punched the guy, the dude IS trying to provoke him.

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  1. Evelyn says:

    These pictures don’t look like an assault, it looks like he’s trying to carry a drunk friend.
    “I’ll get you home safe Dan, let Yeezus take the wheel”

  2. rianic says:

    I read somewhere this is the same pap Brittany attacked with the umbrella. He just seems shady to me

  3. DanaG says:

    Even if the camera guy is a douche Kanye had no right to hit him or take his camera. He attacked one last week so he needs to be pulled up or he may well really injure someone. Kanye has been in the spotlight for years he should know how to behave by now. Ever notice there are celebs who never get seen going or coming for airports and Kanye has managed to make several trips without being bothered. So it makes me think he wanted the attention and boy does he have it.

    • Steph says:

      But it’s okay for Bieber to steal cameras and spit on people? They need to charge across the board if they charge Kanye! (I can’t stand that Bieber kid.)

      • swack says:

        It is not right for anyone to attack another person and Bieber should also be prosecuted. That being said, if “As Kanye says before he punched the guy, the dude IS trying to provoke him.” then Kanye KNOWS he is being provoked, so to me it is even worse that he attacked and should have just walked away. He had a bodyguard with him so it wouldn’t have been that hard to do.

      • ataylor says:

        Beiber and Kanye are both a danger to society. If they can’t keep their sh*t together, then there’s no reason why they should get to walk free. They are not being psychically attacked. And if the paps are saying mean things to them, then they shouldn’t be courting and chasing the fame. They should both leave the spotlight if they can’t handle the pressure.

    • atrain says:

      Agreed – if he walked through the airport with sunglasses and headphones on, he wouldn’t be able to hear them and he could just ignore them. Kanye basically charged the guy.

  4. Marianne says:

    I hate Kanye…but I agree that the pictures look like the pap was trying to attack Kanye and he simply was trying to defend himself by holding the pap down. Who knows though…

  5. lisa2 says:

    Kanye is going crazy. I saw that video and the pap is a douche but they are all douches and he gave them what they wanted. He even said that he would have to pay the guy $250,000 then he rushed that dumb pap and tried to grab the camera. Kanye does not have the right to do that. And he can’t tell them not to talk to him. He has to grow up and learn to ignore and keep moving. He didn’t have to stop He could have just kept going. There are other celebs that are hounded way more and they don’t do this.

    He should be arrested; but won’t. Just like Lamar Odom. But notice the connection between the two. yep Kardashians.

  6. MrsB says:

    Even if the pap was being a total a-hole, you can’t physically attack someone. Learn to have some self control. That being said, attempted armed robbery seems a little much for this case.

  7. Sloane Wyatt says:

    I’m not buying what the pap is selling! The “umbrella pap” guy looks like he pushed his head into Kanye, collapsed HIMSELF into the floor, and now the faker wants to cash in. That “umbrella pap” has a career in the WWE and could use this ‘incident’ as his audition tape.

    At most, Ye is taking the camera, but IMO, there is no visual evidence of this in these photos.

    What I want to know is where are West’s bodyguards?

  8. e.non says:

    these guys are such scummy dirtbags.. i mean really — he’s gotta be mid30s at least and this is what he does with his life. stalk celebrities and harass them in the hope he’ll can get just this reaction. ka-ching!

    and west knows exactly what he’s going to encounter; why does he play into it.

  9. Peanut says:

    It looks like the pap is attacking Kanye? And smiling in the process.

  10. original kay says:

    you can’t go around attacking people.

    however, there needs to be better laws. I don’t care for Kayne at all, but being goaded and yelled at simply because you walked out of a building is an invasion of privacy.
    star or not, people are not for sale, not every part of them.
    the paps are out of control.

  11. Jackson says:

    I saw the video and I don’t think the photographer was being especially annoying or aggressive. All he did in this instance was DARE TO SPEAK to that idiot. Sorry, dude, they can speak DIRECTLY TO YOU all they want. I’m surprised KW can even walk considering that enormous chip on his shoulder. If I ever have the misfortune of being in the same place at the same time with this egomaniac I will whip out my camera phone and start speaking directly to him. Oh, the horror.

  12. Dawn says:

    I watched the tapes of this yesterday and came to the conclusion that he really needs attention at all times or the KrapTrashian way of getting publicity wore off on him because the whole attack thing seemed so fake and contrived. If this wasn’t faked well then my memo to Kanye West is to chill, put some ear plugs in and learn how to ignore the circus that comes with his love of all things Kimmode. Or better yet make good on his threat to take Kimmode and North across the pond to Paris where all three of them can live in peace without press. Do it Kanye please do it! I don’t blame the pap even if he is the biggest a-hole in America, Kanye is 36 years old and should know how to act by now. He is not some punk kid that has never lived with this.

  13. FinallyFr33 says:

    He coulda just got in the car. He’s an adult he should have walked away no matter what he was saying.

  14. Skins says:

    As much as I hate Kanye, I hate the paps more. They are nothing but jackals, trying to provoke these celebs to get a reaction. Look at the pics, the guy is actually laughing, I guess thinking about the payday he is going to get. I say set a precedent here, make it ok for the celebs to beat the crap out of them.

  15. dcypher1 says:

    If he’s so against famewhoring and the paps then I don’t understand why he got with the biggest fame whore around who’s best friends with the paps. If u don’t want to be followed by paps maybe he shouldn’t be a celeb. Its part of the job u db.

  16. Dragonlady Sakura says:

    Kanye is a complete a$$hole to me. While I’m a fan of his music, his outside the studio behavior is appalling. He needs to grow the hell up and take a anger management course or just get out of the biz if he hates photogs so much!

  17. Annie says:

    Such a happy father. I can only imagine the fights he has with Kim. A man with anger problems is someone you AVOID at all costs. It’s a scary thing.

    Paparazzi will always try to provoke for the biggest check. You can’t fall for any of it.

  18. EscapedConvent says:

    Is this photographer smiling? Looks like it. I can’t stand Kanye, but it does look like Ramos was trying to provoke. This may be a regular thing with him. The paparazzi are nothing more than stalkers now & I think it’s revolting how they pursue people through airports.

    On the other hand, since Kanye knows they’re there & knows how it all works, why engage them? Just keep moving, Yeezus. Don’t look at them, don’t say anything, keep walking.

  19. Lucy2 says:

    The paparazzi are definitely awful, but you can’t respond physically. You just can’t. It will only make it worse.
    I will never feel sorry for Kanye being a paparazzi target though- he chose that when he chose Kim.

  20. mia girl says:

    I think the final straw for Yeezus was getting a glimpse of that paparazzo’s jeans. Yeezus’ sartorial superiority just can’t abide by such style offenses.

  21. Lynne says:

    So right before or the first week that KRIS…..the lifestyle show staring KRIS jenner started we saw pics when Bruce called the police because the paps were following him to Malibu
    Khloe made a video in car that the paps were following her,
    Kourtney call the police because a pap was climbing the wall
    Lamar had his quiet tantrum throwing pap equipment into the street ( I still wonder why he was parked on the street in a seedy side of town)
    Kanye goes to airport and has problem with pap,
    Kanye goes in on smiling pap. And all of this captured on film or in pics.

  22. s says:

    I just kind of feel like paparazzi are a hazard of fame. when kanye was trying to get famous I bet he courted these people like crazy. he could have chosen something else for himself, this is the consequence of being a public figure and he needs to suck it up and cope like every other famous person out there. He could have always been a CPA, or whatever .

  23. anon says:

    Kanye attacked this man b/c the he had the audacity to talk to Kanye?
    You are a human being like the rest of us, you asshole! You are not God and have no more value than anyone else.
    Unless you had a restraining order against this man, he had every right to talk to you.
    You are……………..
    there are no words at this point.

  24. Maxine05 says:

    The pap could be the biggest jerk ever. . . horrible . . . the worst. . . so then you know what Kayne does. . . call the cops. Or better yet, get security. I feel like everytime I see Kayne he’s just walking by himself. Where is his security detail? Bodyguards. Even Justin Bieber knows enough to have those guys around him. Kayne West is a millionaire SEVERAL times over, has a brand to protect and now has a child. He has no business getting into it with anyone if for no other reason than to protect himself.

    Stupid. . . stupid. . . .

  25. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Oh Kanye-see what happens when you marry a fameho? Welcome to the rest of your life, sweetie.

    Kanye sucks, but paps suck way WAY more.

    Team Kanye on this one.

    • bluhare says:

      West’s as big a fame ho as his gf. He could easily fly under the radar. Even if the paps were called by someone else, he has a choice in his behavior and apparently likes being in dust ups. If he didn’t he wouldn’t have so many. I’ve got no sympathy for him at all.

      Let’s just face it. He’s still all butt hurt because there’s photographic evidence of him walking into whatever it was he walked into. The paps embarrassed poor Kanye, and that will never do.

    • Just Passing Through says:

      Until this guy gets some much needed therapy, I’ll never be Team Kanye. He has some deep seeded issues that need to be addressed before there is a tragedy….think about it….who barges up on stage during an award presentation and upstages the recipient? Anyone else would have been arrested on the spot. The more he gets away with, the more serious the offense seems to be the next time around. He is unstable and needs professional counseling. Stat.

  26. Side-Eye says:

    The paparazzi disgusts me as does Harvey Levin’s Bitch ass tryna get all hype talking about suing. I’ve seen Harvey go on and on about how much he doesn’t like Kanye and thinks he’s a crazy person-so why do you keep sending your guys down there? This was a simple paycheck move and Kanye played right into it, though a part if me wishes he would’ve beat the guys ass for real.

    • ataylor says:

      Because it’s their job. Whether it’s something you agree with or not, they need to do what they are paid for.

      Harvey Levin has a job to do, like Kanye does.At this point, in the society we live in now, it’s a symbiotic relationship. One cannot exist without the other.

      Paps have been around for DECADES, they’re just more of them now (at least more noticeable) since the democratization of the internet. No paps means no celebrities, no fame, no gossip magazines, no gossip blogs, no E! online, no TMZ, no Access Hollywood or Entertainment Tonight.

      This blog that you visit and comment on, probably wouldn’t even exist.

  27. janie says:

    I don’t care what the paps say to these people, it didn’t rise to the level of violence. Kanye is an arrogant, egotistical bully! Throw his butt in jail. I fear for kim.. if he hasn’t put his hands on her yet, he will in time. I don’t know what any woman sees in him.

  28. Tara says:

    Oh dear God what is going to happen when the paps start in on little North – suri style?! Ye is going to hurt someone. He won’t be able to convince Kim to live in Europe because no one will give a crap about her “career” over there. That plus being away from Ma dash will drive her back to the US where the paps will follow her daughter around. This will send papa into the stratosphere and he and Kim will have an epic custody battle. They will make Halle Berry and James Aubrey look like high school sweethearts.

  29. lisa says:

    yeezus is teeny tiny

    he needs a big bodyguard to put him in a carseat when things get rough like the biebs

  30. Emily C. says:

    The pap was definitely trying to provoke him, and Kanye knew it, and said he knew it, and did it anyway? Something weird is going on here. I think it’s a stunt.

  31. paranormalgirl says:

    you can’t go by the photos, you have to watch the video.

    Bottom line, you can’t go attacking people and grabbing their belongings, no matter how much you are “provoked” or how important you think you are. Yes, the paps are relentless and vermin-like. But they have the right to do what they do, no matter how obnoxious or unethical it is. There needs to be stronger anti-pap laws, like barring them from airports where they get in the way of people trying to get from point A to point B.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Absolutely agree. They should be, if not banned from airports, very limited as to how close they can get. I think we’ve all seen paps surrounding “famous people” when they’re trying to walk through an airport, often with their kids. No one should have to put up with that.

      Paps have been swarming & chasing celebs down the street for quite a while now. TMZ people seem to be the most obnoxious, but I don’t know about the rest.

      I just think people, whoever they may be, ought to be able to move through an airport without being swarmed & harassed. It’s time to put some brakes on the papparazzi airport thing.

      • bluhare says:

        I can see both sides of this. Sometimes they WANT the attention. Sometimes they don’t. I think a certain number of feet away rule is very reasonable, and I think it should be much farther when people’s children are there. But I don’t see how you could ever legislate people to be quiet, unless obscenity (especially directed at minors) was used. Plus if a photographee broke the “so many feet” rule, then all bets would be off.

  32. The Original Mia says:

    Learn some self-control, jerkwad! He’s been in the business long enough to let this crap roll off his back, but no..,instead he gives the paps exactly what they want. Anger management classes. Look into them.

  33. Jade says:

    Kanye should try flirting and kissing the paps, maybe that will scare them.

    Not selling enough albums, Kanye?

    Paps are still scum though.

  34. Mon says:

    So why fall for this provocation then? Is he five years old or something?

  35. BlueAngelCV says:

    I’ll be honest, I don’t really have a problem when I hear about celebs taking the paparazzi’s cameras or pushing them about (to some extent).
    The way the paparazzi act is not acceptable in any way shape or form and I’m not surprised that celebs sometimes snap. Whilst it’s not the ideal way to act I can’t really blame them sometimes.

    • Nina W says:

      I think that’s ridiculous, celebrities want attention when they want it and then expect to turn it off at their convenience, sorry that’s not how it works. If you decide to work in the industry then knowing how to deal with the public in all it’s form is part of the gig. Paps can be rude but how you react to them is within your control.

      • SezSays says:

        Exactly Nina. Especially considering the large number of famous people who go about their days with minimal pap exposure. It’s possible to do if you’re an actor, musician whatever but not if you’re also a famewhore. Kanye needs to learn to take the good with the bad like everyone else.

  36. DailyNightly says:

    I think this was setup by Kanye to make himself look like a bad-ass. The pap looks like he is trying not to laugh and Kanye isn’t breaking a sweat. Massive fail!

  37. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Shouldn’t Kanye have asked What Would Yeezus Do?

  38. Jane says:

    What gets me is his rage and temper. This is NOT father material.

  39. Mia says:

    While Kanye never should have put his hands on this guy, he deserved to get his ass kicked. He’s a calculating bottom feeder who has years of experience riling up and instigating negative reactions from celebrities. He deserved what he got and he reaped what he sowed. There needs to be laws against these douchebag paps invading the personal space of celebs and shouting abuse at them.

    And that TMZ douche Harvey Levin sounds like the biggest self righteous jerk alive. TMZ has done nothing but exacerbate this league of aggressive, unprofessional paps who stalk and disrespect celebs for a picture. He’s just as culpable for this situation as Kanye and that idiot photographer are.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Mia, I think you’re right.

    • Joanna says:

      No, the pap is making a living for his himself and/or his family. If Kanye can’t handle someone asking if they can talk to him, he needs to find a new job. How do you think we get our pictures on these gossip blogs? Paps! Every job has its up and downs. get over it or gtfo. Boo-hoo, someone wanted to talk to him. wah, wah! what a baby!

      • Mia says:

        There are long lens cameras for a reason. This pap making a living does not supersede the right another person has to be in public and not be harassed. There is no reason to be in anyone’s personal space, shouting abuse at them. What about the car accidents the paparazzi have caused chasing after celebrities? What about the paparazzi’s taking pictures of children of celebrities outside of their schools, at playgrounds, and in front of their homes? This culture of aggressive paps doing anything to get a picture or get a story is absurd. I’d rather have less celebrity pictures if the cost is supporting uncivil behavior of these men who have no sense of propriety or personal space. If you listened to the way he was talking to Kanye, he was being manipulative and goading him into a reaction. I’m not saying that Kanye is not legally culpable for his actions, but I am going to say that his actions are completely understandable.

    • Nina W says:

      The pap did nothing to warrant the attack. Not liking them or what they do does not make it okay for Kanye to attack them.

      • Mia says:

        Um, I already said he shouldn’t have put his hands on the guy so I don’t know what you want from me. He should be held legally responsible for his actions. But saying that the pap did nothing to warrant getting his ass kicked? Nope, I don’t believe that nor will I say that that, because the pap did plenty. Starting with getting in Kanye’s personal space and purposefully instigating him into a reaction. And it’s more then not liking what he does, it’s not liking HOW he physically invades he space and harasses other people to do his “job”. There’s something wrong with it, and it should be illegal.

  40. abbie246 says:

    X17 has a much better video – beginning to end of the “fight”. I’m baffled why people are reporting a violent attack when it’s just a lame wrestling match. Kanye never threw a punch or push. The pap was perfectly fine and walking around. The funny thing is the pap covered his face so that he wouldn’t be seen. Kanye is a douche but the media is blowing this way out of proportion.

  41. Meena says:

    I imagine the majority of paparazzi are nothing but a bunch of blood thirsty hounds, I also feel Kanye is just am over righteous a$shole ad well. I feel no symphony either way.

  42. Dommy Dearest says:

    If there is a God show yourself in getting this douche locked away. Please. Then work on the Biebs.

  43. Jennifer12 says:

    The pap is a jerk; he deliberately provoked Britney as well. But all Kanye had to do was snarl a well timed insult and stroll on. Or counterpoint him on film: “So why are you provoking me? Is it for money? Are you trying to get me to attack you for a story?” Instead, he was his unhinged self.

  44. xxx says:

    Even though no one deserves to get assaulted, I have NO sympathy for these paps. None at all. They deliberately provoke these guys all day, every day. He actually looks like he’s grinning in one shot. I can just imagine him thinking “Yes!! Big pay day!” Paps like this are the scum of the earth.

  45. Joanna says:

    People complain about the paps but we are what makes the pictures so valuable and the paps so pesistent. We want to see pics and gossip about the rich and famous. So really, we are the ones feeding the “bottom feeders.” if there wasn’t such demand for the pictures and gossip, there would be no need for paps. If I could get a couple thousand for a picture, you’re dang right I would do what I need to to get that picture. Again, I say, paps are part of the life of a celebrity, if you can’t hang, get another line of work. This pap wasn’t even doing anything annoying, imo. Kanye’s just a big baby.

    • Nina W says:

      Not quite the whole story there though. Publicists work with famous people and contact paps to turn up and photograph their stars at various events so that is not simply us being thirsty for images. Also the more popular a star, the more prized the photo, and the less photographed and more reclusive stars have fewer, more valuable photos. It’s too simple to just blame the paps or the gossip mags or sites.

    • Mia says:

      I would rather have a lot less celebrity photos if cost is having grown men think they can harass perfect strangers in public for a picture. How’s that for a bottomfeeder? The pap did more then just take his picture and move on. The pap was in his personal space, making patronizing, rude, and manipulative comments to get a rise out of him and record his reaction on VIDEO. These people have caused car accidents to get a picture. There are long lens cameras for a reason and there are less intrusive ways of getting celebrity pictures. Nothing excuses the lack of civility on the part of the paparazzi. Absolutely nothing.

  46. Ally8 says:

    Kanye’s upset because he’s a pompous ass who fancies himself an artist and wants to project a specific hip-hop hipster (hop-hipster?) image.

    He’s avoiding the Kartrashian empire now, but the paps drag his image into the same cheesy (yeezy?) tabloid territory. So he has a narcissistic tantrum.

    Btw, remember that episode of 30 Rock where Jack was testing voice remote control and when he said “Crap!” the TV switched to Keeping Up with the Kardashians? Well I’ve now tried programming two different PVRs to tape that show and it always self-cancels and doesn’t record any of the episodes. This is the only show this has ever happened with. The PVRs are trying to tell me something (namely, “Crap!”).

  47. SezSays says:

    Nobody has the right not to be annoyed. Everyone has the right not to be hit. People annoy me all the time in far more aggravating ways than trying to take my photo and ask stupid questions but strangely for over 40 years now I’ve managed to refrain from EVER laying a hand on anyone.

    Kanye is an ego on legs who should twig on to the fact that when you court fame and then have a child with a woman who has elevated famewhoring into an art form then people will want to take your photo. If its all too much he could go work a minimum wage job somewhere.

  48. Joanna says:

    I thought Kanye is into fashion? so why is he always wearing the same blah black t-shirt and pants?

  49. heidi says:

    Make him take anger management classes; and teach him, just because his mother demonstrated for civil rights, he doesn’t get a pass to be an uncivil jerk.

  50. Hakura says:

    Maybe he hallucinated that this pap was Kris. I’m sure he’s had more than enough of her, since the baby was born.

  51. lostinny says:

    Is this a racially motivated incident?

  52. Just Sayin says:

    One day he is going to charge the wrong person and will be met with a real deal right cross coming from someone that is justifiably protecting him or herself. Hopefully with the spitting out of a few larger than average teeth, this blowhard thug wannabe we be able to keep his hands to himself for once.

    • Mia says:

      Umm, since when is Kanye an effing thug? He came from a middle class household with a college professor mother. He attended college himself which is a lot more then a majority of Americans can say. Why don’t you check yourself and check your facts before you refer to someone as a thug.

      • Puffin says:

        No, you are wrong, 57% of Americans over the age of 25 have attended ‘some’ college. I believe that is what he did – and then he dropped out.

      • Mia says:

        Puffin- Fine I’ll admit I was wrong about the percentage of Americans who have attended some college. Still doesn’t make Kanye ANYWHERE approaching a thug. I’m tired of people calling black men thugs for no reason. He has been called a hipster for years, he grew up middle class, and now he’s beyond rich, lives in Paris, and works with upper echelon fashion designers. He is THE FURTHEST THING from thug life/street life in rap, always has been, and always will be. Is he trying to be a bad ass, yeah. Is arrogant and entitled? Yep. But a thug? Nope, don’t think so.

  53. Ravensdaughter says:

    …saw this coming….

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