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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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Jenny Friend    

Are you proud of yourselves? By harassing somebody you have causd them distress, the need to pay for legal assistance and possiby their freedom. May be a cliche, but I can't help wondering what this world is coming to

1984 days ago


Chris Martin, Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Brad Garrett, and many others have distroyed/damaged photog's cameras.
They didnt get charged or jail time, neither should Kanye.

1984 days ago


If there is a GOD this mother f'er will go to prison and get f'd in the arss. Or maybe they will hang him! Die KW Die...OH HOW He makes me SICK. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

1984 days ago


Photogs should stay outta their face!!! Would you like it if someone followed you around 24/7 just to take pics and talk crap about you????

1984 days ago


california let oj off...kanye will get off too

or cmmunity service 150 hours

1984 days ago


I think he should be convicted because he should know how to control his temper by now he's a big boy. Plus he's really mean to you guys.

1984 days ago


Honestly I don't think he should be convicted, That's what those idiots get for being so freakin nosey in the first place! I think they should make them pay for the cameras, but that's it. And if TMZ presses charges or thinks that he should be convicted I think you guys are lame too! He is human, he will get pissed off just like everyone of us when someone won't leave you alone and you keep getting followed around. Who wouldn't be bothered by it? So hopefully he doesn't get convicted, and just make him pay up for the cameras, maybe an apology, but that's it. EVERYONE'S hella hating on him, for what? This dude didn't do anything wrong, put yourself in his shoes! I can careless what any other punk has to say, Kanye is a decent guy.

1984 days ago


Reply to #83

SO TRUE...that was a terrible insult to monkeys. Shame on you Charlene.

1984 days ago


*Kanye is awesome! ;)

1984 days ago


Kanye is an idiot. How can you be so stupid?!?! You can't go around acting crazy when poeple are taking pictures of you. This comes with the territory of being a celeber If he doesn't want to deal with that he should quit his job an an entertainer and become a normal person with a normal job just like everyone else. He should go to jail for sure, but he probably won't because money can buy almost anything.

1984 days ago

Da Truth    

Sparkling Wiggles!

1984 days ago


i can not believe that over 70% of poll voters want kanye convicted. they can all go to hell and so can TMZ. anyone who thinks it is appropriate to constantly spy on people because they are famous is absurd. i applaud kanye for telling TMZ to F$%# off. i don't care how famous they are or how much i like them, everyone deserves the same amount of privacy. paparazzi "reporters" do not cover the news. plain and simple it is not even close to important what these famous people are doing...

1984 days ago


Maybe the paparazzi should stop stalking him. While violence is never good I can't say that I blame him. Stop whining, I'm sure you'll be able to be enough equipment with what you'll make off the video and story. And I'm sure you'll keep the story alive. Yawn.

1984 days ago


Zen Grouch | Charlene | Donald

you guys are just ignorant racist bloggers who hide behind their PC's and talk a whole lot of BS.

1984 days ago

Mimi Toronto    

If one or two days in jail will help Kanye come back to planet Earth and understand that with great privileges come great responsibilities, than so be it.
I am really sick of people making a couple of bucks because the public gives them support and then turn around and behave like thugs just because they think they can afford a defence lawyer to take care of the mess they have made.
Kanye needs to learn a lesson and hopefully find his way back to behaving like a normal human being.
Maybe he can learn to actually carry a tune while he is in prison, him or hate him, it's obvious that this guy can not sing at all!
This is not about race, it's about getting it right. If others didn't serve in the past, it's about time they start to jail them from now on, even if it is just for a week.

1984 days ago
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