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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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31.

Iowaguy    

West needs his ass thrown in jail. He is a racist and a want to be thug. If it wasn't for his "posse" he would get his ass kicked everytime he pulls one of his stunts. Good for you camera man, all the courts need to convict is a video of West being his regular self.

2169 days ago
32.

Jody    

The paps are always breathing down these celebs backs. I don't blame them if they lose it. The paps can be overagressive to the point where they have endangered people. Granted that's their job, to get the story first, but it doesn't mean everyone just has to sit back and take it.

2169 days ago
33.

Santo    

Bodyguard: "I took it! I took it!" As he struggles to pull it from Kanye's hands; classic tard. The bodyguard needs to get an assault charge with it.

2169 days ago
34.

Can of Raid    


What a IDIOT!

He does that because of the celebrity status, try that any where else and he's getting his teeth knocked out.
I know those early morning flights can be a beetch but damn, he's got some anger issues.

2169 days ago
35.

Suze    

Ok...I totally get how annoying it must be to be photographed all the time by the paps, but just as they don't have a right to touch you, YOU don't have a right to grab their camera and smash it. What if a fan had tried to photograph him? Would he smash their camera too? These guys are just classless thugs. They just turned a nothing moment into national (gossip) news.

2169 days ago
36.

Crispy_Bug_Pilot    

Somebody has anger issues.........

2169 days ago
37.

Willie Womack    

He's a stupid racist. Love that he's sitting in jail.
It looks like there's an assualt or two here as well....not just the damage to the camera/lights.
Charge him with those crimes too.
He's SO stupid!
Those pics and video that might have sold for a grand are now worth about 50-grand.
Way to put lotsa money in the photog's pockets!
STOOPID Kanye.

2169 days ago
38.

Boston Kate    

Papparazzi deserve it!

2169 days ago
39.

DEXTER LUTECKI    

HAHAHAHA This guy never learns, the pap shoulda beat his ass down with the camera. HE DID THE SAME THING ON AN OLD EPISODE OF MTV's PUNK'D He got all hard with the fake cop in the skit...he's thinks he's so hard, little does he know that his new song is HIDEOUS!

MCCAIN/PALIN 08!

2169 days ago
40.

Just John    

Kanye knows the price he pays for fame... and the paps know the price they pay for doing the job that they do... I think Kanye is a douche... as well as a lot of the paps I see... But it still doesn't give Kanye the right to break the law. It's another example of Kanye losing his cool... If you can't handle the fame get out of the biz...

2169 days ago
41.

sobe1    

I like Kanye's music and I know the paparazzi can get out of control, but Kanye has no excuse for acting like a savage beast.

2169 days ago
42.

Desert Girl    

I have a good idea for all the paps: Form a cartel and ignore him totally! After about 2 weeks he'll wonder why no one is taking his picture any longer. And...he'll blame it on George Bush! LOL!

Seriously, TOTALLY IGNORE HIM...that would be the best punishment for this bully. His 15 minutes are up anyway....

2169 days ago
43.

raechill    

Kanye is stupid for doing that in front of a bunch of people. Photogs are just doing there job. It's a tough business and you would think Kanye would understand that. Being famous comes with the territory, get over yourself Kanye!

2169 days ago
44.

Amused in Michigan    

Paparazzi tend to be lower than low at times but that does NOT give him the right to physically assault someone and damage their property.

2169 days ago
45.

stillsteve?????????????    

It again proves you can take the gangsta out of the hood,but you can't take the hood out of the gangsta.

2169 days ago
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