Photographer Suing Kanye West, Claims Rapper Attacked Him
A photographer who claims rapper Kanye West attacked him has hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred and is suing the star for assault, battery and negligence.
The alleged incident took place in July at Los Angeles International Airport. As West exited the terminal, he ordered the photographers not ask questions. One of the paparazzi, Daniel Ramos, asked why, and West stepped forward. The photographer told West he did not want to fight, and tried to retreat. "I backed up because I felt from the look in his eyes that he was going to attack me," Ramos explained in a press conference today, according to City News Service.
Allred elaborated on the alleged physical confrontation:
"Mr. West suddenly attacked Danny, punching him and attempting to wrestle Danny's camera from his hands. Danny held onto his camera and fell down onto his knees onto the paved sidewalk with enough force that he sustained injuries to his right hip, was in great pain and had to be transported in an ambulance to the emergency room."
Ramos says he had to use crutches, and now a cane, as a result of the altercation.
An investigation was launched, however the District Attorney declined to file charges against West, citing insufficient evidence.
Celebs, like actress Kirstie Alley, publicly applauded West for going after the photographer:
I love that Kanye went all whack on that asshat Paparazzi... too bad he didn't whip his ass with his hat!' GO KANYE!!— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) July 23, 2013
This wasn't the first time West got into it with a photographer. In 2008 he was arrested for smashing a photog's camera at LAX.