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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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121.

slm    

Call me confused, but in the story, it states the broken camera retails for $1429.96, but then later in the story it's valued at $7,000. So why such the difference?


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The still camera that was broken is a Canon 40D -- retail price $1429.96.
BTW -- It was the bodyguard, not Kanye that broke our cam (retail value: $7000).
Difference: $5570.04

2197 days ago
122.

Christina    

Kanye

IS AN OVER GROWN, EGOTISTICAL, SPOILED BRAT. IF THE PRICE OF FAME IS TOO HIGH HE NEEDS TO STEP OUT OF THE LIME LIGHT AND LET SOMEONE ELSE SHINE...!!!...

STOP THROWING TANTRUMS LIKE MY FIVE YEAR SON DOES AND GROW UP!!!!

2196 days ago
123.

len    

Critical Maybe to you its all about feeling the funk......................itts really like smelling the skunk. Don't mess with talent.!! You are safe. You couldn't recognize it if it smacked you in the face. Now fo and put some deodorant on, You is smellin skunky.

2193 days ago
124.

len    

Critical I came across this verse, so eloquent it put me in mind of Kanye, a most talented artist. This is for all the haters; Maybe my drink has no vitamins. I dont know what them things is. If they's bugs, they ain't none in my drink, but she's so good to drink, and cheap. Costs bout nothing fo' a great big drink .

2193 days ago
125.

len    

Wow your tactics shoddy, your morals sleazy I recognize that line ,. No !!!! I recognize that person.....Kanye ...!

2193 days ago
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