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Mos Def Accused of Violent Snatch

8/27/2008 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

No, it's not a rerun -- rap legend Mos Def is accused of causing another violent encounter with a photographer, this time in Las Vegas.

Mos was hangin' at the star-studded MAGIC fashion convention at the Las Vegas Hilton when he allegedly flipped out on a snapper -- not a pap -- yanking the camera from his neck and causing a small cut on the the shooter's hand. Mos then allegedly gave the camera to a security guard and took off.

Mos is now being investigated for larceny from a person.


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Never 1st.

2214 days ago


what happened to...."what happens in vegas stays in vegas" ?

2214 days ago


I love that the overly aggresive photog's want to press charges when they get checked. Live by the sword die by the sword.

2214 days ago


Aww, Def?! I understand where you coming from but hey, atleast someone wanted to take a pic of you. And aren't you married?? what you doing rolling wit a female anyways?

2214 days ago

your mother    

Happy "Rapper Violence Day" everyone!

2214 days ago

Houston Brian    

Good. Get'em Def. Frickin' paps are piranhas.

2214 days ago

ordinary citizen that is held accountable for his actions    

Mos Def is not a rapper. He's a poet, a musician, and an activist. He's been featured in a few rap songs, but he himself is not a rapper. He does need to stop attacking people though, and start to practice what he preaches; peace and equality. And the article even states that the photographer he attacked wasn't a pap, but a "snapper" ... probably some tourist with a camera. Not cool, Mos, not cool at all!

2214 days ago

D Rock    

Crazy! I saw him in the San Francisco airport going through security on his way to Vegas last week. I took his picture - he noticed & told me to erase it (and watched me erase it from my phone). He was super nice but is NOT playin about having his picture taken.

2214 days ago

Crack is WHACK!!!!!    

I love Mos Def. He is one of the few artist out there who always portrays a positive image. Leave him ALONE stupid needed to get b*itch Slapped.

2214 days ago

john wayne gacy    

defendant please rise !

2214 days ago


Sorry fam went DMX for a minute.

2213 days ago

Luke Warm    

The irony is, the photographer didn't know Mos Def, never heard of him. A 60 years old white man. Was legit taking pictures on the convention floor for a trade paper. Mos Def screamed at him "You dont't give me any respect"......
Respect you have to earn!

2209 days ago

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