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Kanye West May Skate

9/12/2008 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West was not provoked into attacking a still photographer, according to an American Airlines employee who witnessed the whole scene that was caught on tape. Nevertheless, Kanye could easily beat the rap.
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Law enforcement sources told TMZ, at the time of the arrest, Kanye could be charged with felony vandalism. But here's what we know. The still camera that was broken is a Canon 40D -- retail price $1429.96. In California, someone who criminally damages property worth more than $400 can be prosecuted for felony vandalism.

But here's the rub: look closely at the video. Kanye and the bodyguard wrestle the camera away from the photog, but the bodyguard ends up with the camera ... Kanye is holding the light unit. We did some checking and found the light unit is only worth around $100, so here's the irony -- the bodyguard could be processed for a felony, but not Kanye.

BTW -- It was the bodyguard, not Kanye that broke our cam (retail value: $7000).

If Kanye is prosecuted at all, it's likely it would be for a misdemeanor. But prosecuting a celebrity where the victim is a paparazzo -- good luck, Mr. City Attorney.

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61.

BUMP    

somebody in one of the post reffered to them as, "COLRED GENTS"

Is that a hoot or what!!?

2230 days ago
62.

Jewel    

This is rediculous behavior from west and his body guard.I hope the victim sues the crap out of him not only for the cost of the equipment but for battery. Who the h*ll does he think he is doing that to someone that is just doing his job.
West should appreciate the attention from the photogs . He has shown how low class he is and I hope people quit buying his music and making him even richer. He makes me sick ....he better not get away with that kind of idiot thug behavior !!!!

2230 days ago
63.

kymberlee    

I don't get why he's not being charged with some type of assault as well as the property charge. He does put his hands on the guys with the cameras, it's on the video tape. To me, that's the more serious of the crimes, not the property damage. This guy is out of control with the anger. I know that the paps go off and over the top sometimes to get the picture they want, but this time it was the celeb that was totally in the wrong. Kanye was not provoked in any way, but he decided to prove some kind of macho point and he should have to pay for putting his hands one someone the way he did. If it was one of us that tossed someone on the ground we would have been arrested for assault not for some vandalism thing. But then again, the majority of us are not rich and famous, we are just the idiots that read about what these asses do in their lives.

To me, the paps should have this jerk charged with the assault, they have it on tape, make him pay for what he really did, not just breaking a camera. You know if the paps had put their hands on his precious bod Kanye would have been screaming at the top of his lungs and would have had their asses in jail so fast and for so long that they wouldn't have known what hit them.

Kanye thinks he's so tough, give him some time in the slammer and then he can earn some of that street cred he seems to think he has...and then it will give him some time to think about his mom!

2230 days ago
64.

BUMP    

He is a whittle mama's boy

2230 days ago
65.

Bill Jones    

Go through with pressing the charges, show them they cant get away with abusing people physically

2230 days ago
66.

Nada Zero    

Oh, TMZ, boo hoo. Boo hoo hoo.

2230 days ago
67.

photog    

He loved the photogs when he was trying to get his sorry ass career off the ground. Now that he thinks he is someone he doesn't need them. He is a number one jekwad! Someone should throw his lame ass on the ground like he did someone's personal property! Send his ass to jail and throw away the keys!!

2230 days ago
68.

OregonK    

West should be charged with Robbery. He will pull the race card, which he is the biggest racsist walking.

2230 days ago
69.

Matingas    

1. TMZ doesn't hire photographers.. only video guys.. so the guy has nothing to do with TMZ

2. canon doens't sell D40s .. they sell 40Ds ... and that was a 30D with what I believe is a 580EX flash... which actually costs like $300 (used)

3. TMZ video guys get fired if they provoked the celebrity.. same goes for many photographers (non-TMZ since.. they don't hire PHOTOGRAPHERS again..)

4. the more you visit the page, to even complain about photographers.. the more u support the business.. (even by simply click on tmz .. you make them $$$ which is the only thing they look for.. trust me .. they don't do this for fun.. but u guys go around commenting "TMZ IS THE WORST.. .and they obviously don't care.. since comments are making then bank)

2230 days ago
70.

AssParade10    

I thought Kanye had a private jet. What is he doing riding commercial? Maybe if he didn't spend so much money on LV gear he would've been able to take a jet and avoid this whole mess.

An episode of Entourage that aired last season showed Kanye with a big 757 as his private plane, in which he gave Vincent Chase and his Entourage a ride to Cannes. So much for the authenticity of the show :(

2230 days ago
71.

Ryan    

That was phenominal, I would do the same thing if someone tried to profit off my image while invading my space. You mess with the bull, you'll get the horns....

2230 days ago
72.

Ken    

Hey! You can't treat Kanye that way! Don't you know that he's black?? (does he have to worry about being a slave again?)

2230 days ago
73.

LA Mike    

TMZ is so full of SH*T Yesterday it was a $20,000 camera!!

2230 days ago
74.

bob    

Excuse me, but forcibly taking something from the person of another is robbery. Hear that, LA police? ROBBERY!! Look it up in the penal code.

Excuse me, but forcibly taking something from the person of another is robbery. Hear that, LA police? ROBBERY!! Look it up in the penal code.

Excuse me, but forcibly taking something from the person of another is robbery. Hear that, LA police? ROBBERY!! Look it up in the penal code.

Excuse me, but forcibly taking something from the person of another is robbery. Hear that, LA police? ROBBERY!! Look it up in the penal code.


Excuse me, but forcibly taking something from the person of another is robbery. Hear that, LA police? ROBBERY!! Look it up in the penal code.


Excuse me, but forcibly taking something from the person of another is robbery. Hear that, LA police? ROBBERY!! Look it up in the penal code.

2230 days ago
75.

dRyan2    

There is a canon 40d and a nikon d40... no canon d40 =P

2230 days ago
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