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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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TMZ says "we were there" but perhaps it was really you guys' fault. Don't think you are blameless, you are just like the rest of the paparazzi.

2045 days ago


I like watching TMZ, most of the time they are pretty cool with whomever they are taping. On the other hand I have never seen Kanye West be anything but rude to the photographers. I am sure the people in the public limelight get tired of all the cameras unfortunately they did not pick a profession where they could be promised a time that no one would see them. It is a hazard of the profession they chose. Kanye and his manager were entirely out of line in their behavior. There is a basic rule out there that says your rights end where my nose begins. In my opinion their working tools, in this case, is where their rights began. I am glad they have pressed charges Kenye West's behavior has gone way past normal. Good Luck TMZ.

2045 days ago


First, yeah he should get charged for the crime, but sometimes people don't want a camera shoved in their face. Also in response to the other comment, all rapper you racist prick** are not criminals. so f off

2045 days ago

Michael Graham    

There is evil afoot its a new way to create sales make you famous/make you think your Untouchable/Unstoppable ,and then let you Make Bounds Sine Contracts ,,feed You the life ,let you Act a Fool,And then let the viewers/"Fans" End your Life styles ,After you kill you self's on dope/Booze, guns or what ever They Use those Bounds/Contracts you made to Make More Money On You Then When You where Alive/A hit .I know you Guys & Gurly are owned By Viacom but ,,,I have Know Point=+#.

2045 days ago


Not sure if anyone mentioned this but being charged for a felony for breaking a "flash" accessory especially considering that the paparazzi doesn't have a good reputation in being respectable to the celebrities, it's a bit too much. Hate all you want but I don't think people realize the significance of being charged with a felony since the minimum requirement if convicted is a year in jail. You can dislike Kanye but saying that he deserves it for breaking a flash accessory is EXTREMELY excessive as a punishment. No one should ever be punished that severely. The thousands of dollars to send a person to jail for that period of time would be a waste especially in our economy. Be smart and just charge him with a misdemeanor and a big fine. Don't hurt the taxpayers for one rapper's mistake.

2045 days ago


man you people are stupid this has nothing to do with ego and kanye attitude ..this ish should be entrapment ..this is wat these people want!! they stalk these celebs ..all in they face snappin pictures hoping and praying one go off and touch them ..why? so they can get a big time story and a nice paycheck and the sad thing about it most of the pictures they take nobody gives a eff about..who cares kanye is at a airport!! who cares this celeb or that celeb walkn down main street shopping are you serious i could give a damn kate winslett is havin a latte in uptown nyc lmaoo entertainers or not they are still human you have your bad days and you have your good days

2045 days ago


oh and one more thing how come this has to be a race or hip hop thing i can name about 10 movie stars non black that has done the same thing..its a shame to see how soon as its a black person they a thug they a criminal but let a beloved white actor/entertainer do that ..then next thing you know everybody on here wants to be a defense lawyer lol!

2045 days ago


Isn't this guy Christian? I view Kanye as a self-loving, warped individual. I don't think anyone says "NO" to this man. He behaves like a rotten child, with no consequences.
My point with his religion is this: thou shouldn't put your hands on others. What about respecting others temples... Teach peace, not violence. No matter what the situation is, especially someone who can afford security; he doesn't have the right to put his hands on anyone and vise versa.
I don't know, I never liked this guy. I think he is a phony, a poser; someone who is not humble and is unaware of his surroundings.
Something about him isn't right.

2045 days ago


Dont become a celebrity if you dont want the attention! HOW STUPID CAN U BE.....
if you want fame a fortune you must be able to handle the spotlight at all times in public!

Kanye is a LOONATIC.... he obviously has little common sense and probably little education.. from all his escaoades he should be locked up and share a cell with Chris Brown

2045 days ago


If you do the crime you do the time no matter who you are.

2045 days ago


what if it had been the photographer's nose or arm. If he was charged under a certain law, then he should be dealt with under that law.

2045 days ago


Im sure he didnt just walk up to some random guy and just break his camera......

2045 days ago


what makes you crybabies think celebrities are above the law, especially black celebrities?

2045 days ago


so if a camera is in your face every five minutes and one day you decide to snap and break one of the cameras you could possibly face 2 1/2 years in prison? only for more cameras to be in your face to report that story too?

2045 days ago

Amnau Eele    

Black Artists Association is in the process of filing several felony criminal charges against Kanye West's new art partner pedophile Vanessa Beecroft for child molestation against two at-risk African twin babies in Sudan, Africa..
For more info go to and search "Art star and the Sudanese twins" or go to or google the name VANESSA BEECROFT.
For a full presse package on this heinous crime which includes all of Vanessa Beecroft's e-mails to BAA
e-mail and leave your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and request, info, questions or any comments you may have.
Thank You Perez Hilton for allowing BAA to post this sad and important info on this blog.
BAA will not stop until Vanessa Beecroft pay for her crimes against those poor babies and ask yourself all Perez Hilton fans would you want Vanessa to treat your babies in this way without your knowledge or permission?
Thank You,

2045 days ago
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