Over the weekend, we discussed how Kanye West had assaulted a paparazzo at LAX. Yeezus was coming back to LA from Europe, I guess, and the paparazzi swarmed him as soon as he stepped out of LAX. Kanye had previously yelled at a paparazzo for daring to speak to him (in Yeezus’s defense, the pap was really annoying), and Yeezus was not in a good mood upon his arrival at LAX. So when a pap tried to talk to him, Yeezus struck! The LAPD were investigating, the paparazzo was interviewed and it looked like there was a possibility that Yeezus could be charged with felony battery and maybe attempted robbery (because Kanye might have tried to grab the guy’s camera). So, less than a week later, what has become of it? Nothing. California’s justice system has one motto: #YOLO.
Kanye West must have a really good lawyer, because law enforcement sources tell us it’s virtually certain he will NOT be charged with ANY crime in connection with last week’s paparazzo attack.
Here’s the way we’re told it will play out.
LAPD robbery detectives are investigating the photog’s allegation that Kanye tried to steal his camera — but our sources say that dog won’t hunt. The D.A. will NEVER charge Kanye with felony attempted robbery, because there’s no proof he tried to pilfer the camera at LAX.
We’re told cops will send the attempted robbery file to the D.A. and they expect it will be rejected within days.
The next step — the file goes to the L.A. City Attorney for a possible misdemeanor criminal battery prosecution. But here’s why that won’t happen. We’re told Kanye is willing to ante up some cash to make the case go away, and it’s perfectly legal. It’s called a civil compromise and it’s done everyday.
So Kanye will skate … and probably attack another photog.
“Civil compromise”? Meaning Kanye writes a check to the photographer and the guy drops the charges? Of course they have a fancy name for it in California. It’s a “civil compromise” of course. For what it’s worth, I don’t really think what Kanye did was felony battery or whatever – most states have degrees of battery charges, and it really didn’t seem like Kanye was trying to really hurt the guy or steal his camera. It seemed more like “sinister shenanigans” which I wish was a real legal term.
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