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Kanye Attack

Caught on Tape

9/11/2008 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We just got the video of Kanye West grabbing a still photog's camera at LAX this morning.

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You see Kanye (in a gray hooded sweatshirt) and his bodyguard/road manager (in the red) grabbing the camera away from the photog. It appears the bodyguard, Don Crowley, gets the camera and Kanye gets the lighting component. Crowley smashes the camera to the ground and Kanye does the same with the light.

Erik, our camera guy, then comes closer and the bodyguard then comes up and wrestles his camera away, ultimately breaking it.

As we first reported, both Kanye and his bodyguard were arrested for vandalism. They're both being held on $20,000 bail.


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what a classless piece of @#$% Kanye is .... he gets paid big bucks. why doesn't he take a private flight, he's in a public place... .. he thinks he can destroy the papparazzi's camera because he's famous ? get off your high hog, kanye ....

2196 days ago


I am very glad that, that had happend, this paps need to find a different occupation and stop harassing celebrities.

2196 days ago

Topher Lee    

Paparazzi come with FAME! You don't want paparazzi? Then become a plumber or a carpenter. Before they became famous, these "stars" would do anything to get their photos taken.......they would break a leg ... step in front of a moving car .ANYTHING.... but now that they have "made it" ....suddenly, being photographed (WHICH IS THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR FAME ------ THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH, BUSTER!) is such a big deal to them...... Well, I say, STOP PHOTOGRAPHING THEM and they will go back into the woodwork they came from.

2196 days ago

Bryan L.    

Kanye sucks. Wished he and his wussy ass bodygaurd would try breaking my camara. They would get the ass wooping they both deserve. Freakin thugs . If he doesn't like the paps around him all the time then he needs to get out of the bussiness. You dont see other celebs acting in the manner he does towards paps.

2196 days ago


Thats what the paps get!!! I'm sure he has probably wanted to do that a million times unfortunatly today he SNAPPED! and I don't blame him. They should have a law that they have to be a certain distance away. The PAPS get wayyyy to close and its not right. I don't care if you are a movie star. No one deserves to have people invading their personal space every second. Even if you are a star!

2196 days ago


Kanye West is a punk. And a no talent punk at that.

2196 days ago

Marcelo Lopez    


2196 days ago


Good Job Kanye!! I wouldn't be able to stand them in my ALL the time either!!

2196 days ago


I disagree with violence. BUT I've seen how some stars are put through a lot of trouble by these photographers. When they get so close that they are not only in the persons personal space but placing them in harms way I say it's time for the stars to take action. While hopefully not violent, but I really can understand how it escalates to it. I worked for a famous older song writer and while we lived in Palm Springs during the "season" we had such famous neighbors as former President Ford, Lucy Ball and Gnger Rogers. The people that "stalk" these stars for photographs are unreal!!

2196 days ago


My Word! When will these people learn they cannot do what the hell they want? Though it often seems society enables them to do just that. I am sick of these self indulged idiots!

2196 days ago


Well, one of the hallmarks of maturity is realizing that no matter what you feel, you can't just do whatever you want, regardless of what the other guy does. Clearly Kanye has some growing up to do. He's proven over and over again what a tool a person who lets their ego rule their life is.

2196 days ago


Is anyone really surprised that this came from Kanye? He started out, in my opinion, being a really cool guy who made great music. Unfortunately, he's evolved into an arrogant prick who thinks he's better than everyone in the world and can get away with whatever he wants. I stopped listening to his music a looooooong time ago because of it. He needs to get over himself, and definately deserves to be in jail for what he did. The papparazzi definately do invade the space of celebrities on a regular basis, but that doesn't give them the right to break the law.....period.

2196 days ago

frogs and gravel    

They should start something called "Pap Therapy": This is where, in a controlled setting, famous people can take
out their aggression on people posing as "paparazzi". It would similar to the concept they have in Japan were
people actually pay money to throw and break China Dishes on the floor. The fake "paparazzi" would probably
have to wear those bulky rubber suits like they use in rape prevention classes where students practice hitting and
kicking the assailant.

2196 days ago


Can we see the rest of the video to WHY Kanye got upset?
This is really out of context, don't make your judgements based on a sole reaction.

2195 days ago


It's ridiculous how these celebrities know what they are getting into when they wan't to become famous but they still complain. If you don't want the paparazzi hounding you all the time then you should move from hollywood its that simple. It does suck that the paparazzi is always in their face but like I said these people know what they are getting into before they go into the entertainment businness. Kanye West is just an arrogant person who thinks the world revolves around him and this video shows that. Celebrities need to grow up and get a life and quit complaining about the cameras when they have it alot better than most people do.

2195 days ago
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