Kanye West Arrested, Detained After Fight With TMZ Photogs
Kanye West has been released from police custody this afternoon after posting bail, MTV News is reporting.
The rapper and an associate, Don C., were arrested this morning in Los Angeles after a confrontation with photographers.
According to TMZ, ‘Ye and Don. C were at LAX when a photographer began snapping shots. Allegedly, West confronted the photographer and smashed the camera to the group. Another photographer (with ties to TMZ) then video recorded the incident, which reportedly led West’s associate to grab the video camera and break the equipment.
The Def Jam star apparently attempted to gain possession of the footage. “Gimme that fucking tape,” he said, according to TMZ. [Watch Kanye Vs. Paparazzi Here]
West and Don C. were both held on matching $20,000 bonds.
After the scuffle, West and his party attempted to leave to board their flight. Police, however, detained the rapper. News services are reporting the blow up occurred at 7:51 PST this morning at the American Airlines terminal.
‘Ye was apparently on his way to Hawaii.
West and his associate were charged with felony vandalism and battery charges were dropped, according to multiple reports.
TMZ also reported West, his associate, and the photographer were later questioned by police. When authorities inquired about the the incident being taped, West allegedly lunged at the man when he responded he had in fact recorded the dispute. Police reportedly had to restrain the rapper.
The value of the equipment destroyed is believed to be more than $10,000.
West, nor his label, Def Jam, has not issued a statement regarding the incident—LaTisha Robbins and Anthony Thomas