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September 11, 2008
By Tai Saint-Louis

Grammy Award winner Kanye West and his bodyguard were arrested at Los Angeles International Airport this morning (Thursday), after an encounter with the paparazzi escalated.

According to several reports, the altercation took place close to the American Airlines terminal at LAX and started when an unidentified photographer began taking photos of the rapper.

Kanye allegedly approached the man and grabbed his camera, at which point a struggle ensued. Wresting the camera away from its owner, Kanye proceeded to throw it to the ground, breaking it to pieces.

A videographer for gossip site was present at the time and started recording the incident. He was promptly approached by Kanye’s unnamed bodyguard. The two went through a similar struggle, resulting in the bodyguard breaking the TMZ camera as well.

According to the TMZ employee, identified on the site only as Erik, following the incident, Kanye attempted to board his flight, at which point he and his handler where detained by police officers before going through airport security.

It was only during a subsequent interview with West, his security and the two photogs, that the Hip-Hop star realized TMZ obtained video footage of the altercation. He reportedly became enraged, lunging at the cameraman and demanding the videotape. He had to be restrained by police.

At press time, Kanye and his bodyguard are both being held on charges of felony vandalism. The bodyguard was also charged with battery.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2008 7:13 pm

    paparazzi are scum, but this was a bad look on Kanye’s part. The bodyguard breaking the TMZ camera is pretty cool though.

  2. September 16, 2008 9:56 pm

    Sucks when you’re famous…..paparazzi will chase you down till you die….they’ll chase you down just to make u go crazy

  3. VGER permalink
    March 20, 2009 12:06 am

    Since when do famous have the right to smash other peoples camera.
    You are famous, deal with it… the proper way.

    Paparazzi is just a blanket word, this guy could a fan that ended with a smashed camera.
    This untouchable kind of behaviour from Kanye is disgracefull.

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