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Kanye West Charged in Paparazzi Scuffle

Kanye West has a knack for being in the news for just about everything except his music. Reuters is reporting that the rapper has been officially charged with battery and attempted grand theft, stemming from a confrontation with a member of the paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport back in July.

According to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the LA City Attorney’s Office, West allegedly accosted a photographer on July 16 at LAX and attempted to take his camera. A corroborating video from TMZ (embedded below) shows an aggravated West confronting the photographer, then attempting to wrestle the camera from his grasp, causing the photographer to fall to the ground. In the video, West ceases when an onlooker chastises him, then gets into a car which transports him from the scene.

West is scheduled to be arraigned on October 10 to answer the charges. If convicted, he could get six months in prison for each of the two offenses.

(Photo: Jason Persse/Flickr/Wikimedia)

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David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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