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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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Hmm, diving under the influence vs brakinga camara? Kanye should spend thensame amount of time in jail as Khloe Kardashian!!! haha

2044 days ago


i dont understand why the paparazzi can't be convicted for infringing on someones personal space, inciting riots, loitering. how were a gaggle of photographers allowed inside an airport.? in some countries its a matter of national security to not have photo's taken in certian places. i was .repripmanded by a bank guard over seas for taking pictures insid of the bank.i didnt know what the hell he was saying so i started taking picures of him. the person i was with explained that i was a tourist and he said ok but get out.
the papparzi and the press are two different things i think? i m not sure. but, kanye west being at the airport is not news. kanye west doing a benefit concert is news. and for the person who says all rappers are thugs. his mother held a PhD and was a univeristy provost i beleive, i know she was a univeristy professor. kanye was never a thug. a thug would have waited unti the guy least expected it, and made him simply vanish. that, is thuglife.

2044 days ago


1. I would think there are more serious offenders that need to be taking the space in the prisons.
2. Yea, he is a rapper...plenty of people, including this 42 year old white woman, enjoy his (and others) music. Being a celebrity should not override his right to privacy.
3. It has been a very short time since he has lost his precious Mother. (those of you who have been through this type of pain understand what I am talking about, it takes longer than a year or even two or three to start healing) His emotions, his threshold to ignorance, and possibly/probably his ability to deal with the rudeness of some people have reached different levels. He is not the same man he was before his Mother died, how much he loved her and the pain he felt in her passing has been obvious. Is that an excuse...yes, I think it is. Had it been me, a private citizen (as he should be considered) I would think defending myself against an onslaught should be considered just that...self-defense.

2044 days ago


come on the man mother just died it seem to be around that time too he problably had cameras in is face 24/7 and to all those ignorant people who thinks rappers are thugs you guys need to take your heads out of ur a-hole yes i said it is wILL sMITH A THUG and he raps. and why should they throw kanye in jail for you all are just haters because he speak his mind grow up people shhesh!

2044 days ago


TMZ and other media stalkers are the ones that should be tried and convicted. Celebrities can no longer live their lives like everyone else without being bombarded and stalked by the media. I would have done the same thing as Kanye. Enough is enough. Let these people live their lives privately when it doesn't require media attention. Pah-lese!

2044 days ago

wade from midland    

Yes he should be convicted, he should be convicted on his rediculous afro mullet alone .. that he had during the grammys, he is so arrogant and full of himself i am embarassed for him.

2043 days ago

Never was a fan of Maya    

@ 116 - Hello didn't we learn anything from the Princess Diana incident!!
Posted at 9:38PM on Mar 18th 2009 by Troy Quinlivan

I sure learned something from that "incident", which was 1) not to let a drunk person drive me around, and 2) wear a seatbelt at all times.

Kanye is not Diana, Princess of Wales but rather just another rapper with anger management issues.

2043 days ago


If you want the notariety, awards, and recognition of being an accomplished and "respected" artist with what he has so many times claimed he deserves and is. He should either stay a recluse or at the vary least come to grips with the reality that people are interested in the fantasy and that with that interest creates a market with which his image is marketable and deal with the fact that people want his picture. Grow up kanye. If you took my camera I would go to jail with ya for making sure you spent another couple of months going "through the wire".

2043 days ago


The paparazzi need to get out of everyone's face. If you get in someone's face and taunt them, of course you're going to get hit.

Professional paparazzi should be licensed, and subject to background checks.

2043 days ago


One more thing... it should be illegal for the paparazzi to hang out in the airport taking pictures of celebs. Where is the security while the pictures are being taken, and the papps are crowding all over Kanye and his manager? That's when security should've stepped in and threw the papps out of the airport.

2043 days ago


no, I don,t think he should get jail time, pay for the damages yes. let the time fit the,crime, what tickels me is that people are talking about his attitude ,when they fail to recognize their own. they have written some nasty comments but its ok for them to be nasty. you know when you point your finger at someone there,s some pointing back at you .for the person who made a joke about his mother shame on you. god don,t like ugly. god forbid if you should ever lose a love one especially a mother ,you better go in your prayer closet on that,s so easy to sit back and be judgemental when in reality you don,t know exactly what you would do until you,re put in that situation.i,m sure that can be nerve wrecking, talking about a camera being destroyed,thosepeople will sacrifice their life for a dollar ,thats what i call sad.

2043 days ago

Milf Biggenson    

Kanye is a hero, so quit buggin' on him. He smashed that camera good for all of the evil it has caused. Of course, he couldn't muster up his manhood to take a moment and deliver the same death blows to Chris Brown for beating a woman, but don't judge him!! I don't like Kanye, I don't think he's talented, I don't like his ego, I don't like his music, I don't like what he stands for but he shouldn't go do jail for this. I would like to see one of these big talking rapper ass clowns go to jail for beating Chris Brown to a pulp, but that ain't going to happen. These rappers can only subjugate women. Most of you on here might have to look up that word, but that's okay, it might just learn you sumthin.

This incident has completely eradicated all remembrances of the original 9/11, Sept 11, 2001, and I now want Ex-President George Bush to go to war on Kanye West and find his weapons of mass media destruction and destroy them. Also, please look for the real killers that took the the life of Nicole Simpson while they're at it. It's win win. No really.

2043 days ago


If he wants privacy he should crawl under a rock and die. He is being paid MILLIONS to be in the public eye.
What happens to people they dream of making it and being a bigshot and having millions of fans adore them then when the make it they cant handle it.
Its a bunch of BS he wants to ride in his fancy cars have a big house but dowsent want what comes along with it.
He needs to remember the public made him who he is and provided that for him.
LOCK HIM AWAY maybe after 2 plus years he can write his own song without stealing a sample from someone else
go Kanye work it stoger harder faster because I hope they lock you away and the only play you get is your dame hand or a inmate named Sid to break something of yours.
you aint above anyone.

2043 days ago


No...not Kanye! California's laws need to be changed AGAINST papparazzi getting in people's faces. They should ASK if it's okay to take pictures. Celebrity or not - an individual should have the right to decide if they want their picture taken or not. Photogs are putting food on their table by being so aggressive and rude when it comes to infringing on the rights of others...Shame on TMZ!

2043 days ago

gkw's gurl    

all of you need to keep those negative comments to yourselves about "thug rappers and rockstars" kanye knew what he was getting into when he became famous....therefor he needs to be a better role model, there are lots of young people who love his music and look up to him. so kanye u need to chill, and act like you have more class!!!!!

2043 days ago
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