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Kanye West -- Charged With 3 Crimes

3/18/2009 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kanye West has just been charged with three criminal misdemeanors -- vandalism, battery, and grand theft -- in connection with the camera-smashing incident at LAX.

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The L.A. City Attorney has also charged Don Crowley, Kanye's manager, with the following crimes -- two counts of vandalism, two counts of battery and two counts of grand theft.

TMZ happened to catch the incident on tape. In fact, Kanye broke our camera light as we were shooting. Crowley is charged with breaking both the TMZ camera and the still camera. Kanye is charged with breaking the flash accessory to the still camera.

The incident occurred last September 11. Both men are scheduled to be arraigned on April 14.

Kanye could get up to 2 1/2 years in jail if convicted on all counts. Crowley could get five years.

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johnnny    

aLL HE DID WAS BREAK HIS CAMERA? i WISH HE HAD SHOT THAT DIRTBAG PHOTOG

1983 days ago
17.

Alan C    

It is about time that Kanye West got his due. Unfortunately, misdemeanor charges usually see no jail time. Just a quick swift slap on the hand from the judge and a fine! Now if he was charged with a felony charge - now that would be worth talking about!

1983 days ago
18.

xcalibur    

HE WILL PAY A BIG FINE AND LIKE 10 HRS OF PROBATION AND NOT EVEN SHOW UP IN COURT. WOW, SHOCKING!!!

1983 days ago
19.

WriteRight    

Typical TMZ posters.
I bet if you could give Kanye 150 years you would.
Karma's a btich though, wait for it, it's undoubtedly coming for each and everyone of you.

1983 days ago
20.

anona    

This is what happens when ignorant violent people are promoted to representing sub cultures.........they promote and capitalize on the problems and improve nothing : this isnt surprising. Their role models are all in jail.

1983 days ago
21.

Adam    

shouldn't be charged. If someone was following me with a camera 24/7 I wouldn't be nice about it either. The law should protect celebrities from paparazzi stalkers not the other way around.

1983 days ago
22.

GiGi from Philadelphia    

WHY SHOULD HE BE CONVICTED??? LIKE HE SAID HE PROVIDES ENOUGH ACCESS FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE PICTURES WHEN HE'S NOT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS OR ALONE TRAVELING. HOW CAN SOME PEOPLE MAKE COMMENTS ABOUT RAPPERS WHEN MOST OF THE TIME WHEN ENTERTAINERS ARE INTO ILLEGAL THINGS OR DRUGS THEY'RE ROCK STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EX: AMY WINEHOUSE, BRITTANY SPEARS( THANK GOD SHE GOT HERSELF TOGETHER) AND SO ON.

1983 days ago
23.

sandrawinfrey@comcast.net    

Larry Frost. The crime should be that you are so stupid that you listened. The off botton on the remote works.

To all other haters here, I can not even say that your ignorance is derived from being racial because you are all equal opportunity haters; brittany etc. , white or black it's not relevant, the only requirement for your wrath is that the individual is successful, has lots of money and do not know that you exist. Sad.

1983 days ago
24.

Rock    

Kanye is a big time thug, about time he got caught.

1983 days ago
25.

Can't Stand Obama    

I hate this piece of crap but really, all he will have to do is pay for the camera and get a little fine - if that.

Personally, I think this guy shouldn't be allowed to breathe but that's a different issue.

1983 days ago
26.

bat    

Why is it you only show the incident? What happened that led up to this? I think you paps need to be jailed sometimes for the way you attack a person with the camera. You are like piglets hurdling each other to get the milk shot. I hope one day a law is passed that prohibits anyone armed with a camera from invading someones personal space. Idiots..

1983 days ago
27.

DEBZ    

IM SO GLAD THEY DID THAT S*T....IMAGINE HAVING CAMERAS FOLLOWING YOU EVERYWHERE...I DONT GIVE A DAMN IF PEOPLE CLAIM IT SHOULD BE EXPECTED BECAUSE OF THEIR FAME....I WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING

1983 days ago
28.

TongueNcheek    

I'm sure this is somehow George Bush's fault.

1983 days ago
29.

Anon    

Hey Kanye, know any decent plastic surgeons. Kinda went cheap on your Mom's work.....

1983 days ago
30.

Rita    

He needs an attitude adjustment!!!

1983 days ago
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