No Felony Charges for Kanye West in LAX Scuffle With Paparazzo
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office on Friday declined to bring felony charges against Kanye West after an altercation between the rapper and a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.
West will not face felony assault and attempted robbery charges in the incident, which was captured on video.
The case was being referred to the Los Angeles city attorney for consideration of a possible misdemeanor charge.
The singer, who does not have a felony record, “attacked a freelance photographer” outside the Tom Bradley terminal at LAX on July 19, according Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy-Hannah Broersma. No weapon was used in the scuffle.
The photographer was treated at Marina del Rey Hospital and released the same day after being diagnosed with a contusion and muscle strain, Broersma wrote, adding that assault charges were declined because he “did not sustain significant injury.”
The LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division conducted an investigation, which included a review of the video.
It was unknown whether the photographer’s camera, which was not booked into evidence, sustained any damage; thus vandalism charges were not considered, the prosecutor wrote.