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Kanye Enters Not Guilty Plea in Battery Charge

In response to misdemeanor charges of battery and attempted grand theft brought last month, rapper Kanye West entered a plea of “not guilty” yesterday, according to Reuters.

The rapper did not appear at Los Angeles Superior Court; instead, West’s attorney, Blair Berk, entered the plea on his behalf.

The charges pertain to a scuffle caught on camera at LAX Airport in July, in which West is seen accosting photographer Daniel Ramos and apparently attempting to take his camera. The incident landed Ramos on the ground, for which his attorney, Gloria Allred, claims he sustained injuries from which he is still suffering.

If convicted, West could face a maximum of one year in prison—six months for each of the charges. The next hearing on the case is scheduled for January 23.

Meanwhile, West continued to not tour even as he did not appear in court. Beleaguered by logistical issues (most significantly the crashing of a tour truck that destroyed a video screen), the Yeezus Tour has been put on hold until November 16.  While a number of tour dates have been rescheduled, several stops, including Denver, Vancouver, St. Louis, Montreal, Minneapolis and Columbus, have been cancelled completely.

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