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Pap Smackdown --

Kanye Arrested, Cleared

11/14/2008 11:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye WestKanye West will not be charged with assaulting a photographer -- in an alleged incident that went down just hours ago in the UK.

West was arrested at a hotel in Gateshead, England early this morning after allegedly getting into a tussle with a photog on his way out of the Tup Tup nightclub in Newcastle.

After a short investigation, West was released from police custody without charges.

FYI -- The person alleging the assault made the same claim against a famous British soccer player around a month ago -- but the charges were ruled to be unfounded in that case as well.

UPDATE: TMZ just spoke with the photog -- who claims Kanye did, in fact, smash his face in around 2AM London time.

According to the snapper, it all went down when Kanye was leaving the club with 4 girls, upset that he was being captured on film. After getting angry, Kanye allegedly got violent -- shoving the camera into the snappers face, causing a cut on his nose.

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31.

DFF    

NOT A KANYE FAN BUT...THE PHOTOG PROBABLY DESERVED IT...SNAP THAT BITCH!

2132 days ago
32.

NORE    

I am so tired of the Kayne situation. Papparazzi allows fans to feel some weird connection to the stars they idolize, in turn this equates to recognition, free advertisement and dollar signs for the stars. If Kanye did not want the fame... let's give him what he wants. Let's take away the cameras and stop reporting about him. Watch how fast he kills to get back into the camera. We all know this act is just for show...afterall look who he has foa a baby momma... KK herself the media who&%e

491 days ago
33.

sc1432    

It is so obvious that Kanye assaulted that man..ANY idiot with eyes could see it.
It probley did piss him off if he was stupidest man in the world walking out of a club with 4 hookers, when especially when you have a newborn baby and live with the babies Mother..
There should be charges pressed, and he should be sitting in jail or let one of the 4 hookers bail him out..
KIM LEAVE THIS LOSER,IF ONLY FOR YOUR DAUGHTER'S SAKE. For YOUR WELL BEING ALSO..KAYNE IS TRASH.

424 days ago
34.

wizkalifa12    

Why the **** you tmz paparazzi don understand in don talk to me " more love kayne west

423 days ago
35.

Dave    

Shouldnt this guy be home taking care of his kid? he better get started on this otherwise he won't be able say " I take care of my kidz"""

420 days ago
36.

ThomasInPhoenix    

Kanye is douchebag, but I sympathize re. the paparazzi frenzy to make a buck...fed by this very website. Witness the Kidman bicycle collision and you don't have to look further. One of them needs to get too close to a celebrity family and they get shot...but even that wouldn't stop it, but it would make them twice.

368 days ago
37.

BADA$$    

If Kim things Kanye is going to be faithful to her,she is a bigger dumd ass then I thought, GO TEAM HERPES

368 days ago
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