Kanye West Ordered Into Anger Management After LAX Paparazzo Scuffle
Kanye West pleaded no contest in court today over a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a scuffle with a photographer at LAX last July.
Although the "Yeezus" singer wasn't at today's hearing, his attorney Blair Berk entered the plea for him, reported the L.A. Times. West will have to go to 24 anger management therapy sessions, complete 250 hours of community service and 24 months of informal probation. In addition to having to stay 100 yards away from paparazzo Danny Ramos, he'll also have to pay him for the photographer's damaged camera equipment and medical bills, reported TMZ.
The incident took place on July 19 when the photographer allegedly hounded the singer at LAX and kept asking him questions. The singer lunged at the man after accusing the paparazzo of trying to get him into trouble and get money from him.
Ramos hired high-powered attorney Gloria Allred to sue West and argued that he now has to use a cane because of the altercation.
TMZ noted that since West didn't plead guilty, there's no admission of guilt. Plus, if he keeps his record squeaky clean for the next two years and doesn't violate probation, his record will be nearly clean from this conviction.
This isn't West's first altercation with a paparazzo at LAX. Back in 2008, he was arrested for smashing a photographer's camera.
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