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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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121.

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 www.youtube.com and search "Art star and the Sudanese twins" or go to www.vanessabeecroft.com 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 blackartistsassociation@yahoo.com and leave your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and request, info, questions or any comments you may have.
Thank You TMZ.COM 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 TMZ.COM fans would you want Vanessa to treat your babies in this way without your knowledge or permission?
Thank You,
BAA

2022 days ago
122.

xavier chance    

WOW!!!!!!!! IS LIFE THAT BORING THAT PEOPLE,BECOME SO.....OFFENSIVE...ALL RAPPERS ARE THUGS....ALL RAPPERS ARE RICH,SO THEY SHOULD PAY...THEY SHOULD GIVE HIM THE DEATH PENALTY.......GET REAL!!!! I,M QUITE SURE THERE ARE SOME COUNTRY MUSICIANS OR ROCK STARS THAT HAVE DONE 10 TIMES WORSE&ALL WE HEAR IS THEY WERE JUST HAVING A GOOD TIME OR THEY WERE LETTING OFF SOME STEAM.I KNOW ITS POLITICALLY INCORRECT,BUT IF YOUR GOING TO PREJUDGE, JUST DO IT! DONT HIDE BEHIND.....THAT..ALL RAPPERS ARE MORALY INEPT CRAP.

2022 days ago
123.

Pearl    

Kanye go to jail for breaking a flash? C'mon haters - a bit excessive. This issue has some racial overtones and Kanye should have more control of his temper - but convicting him publicly is nasty and photographers better learn a lesson too. Compensation should be made for the broken equipment and maybe Kanye needs to work on his emotions - but to be condemned by so many for so little is the real crime.

2022 days ago
124.

MiKE B    

He compares himself to Jesus that's the real crime.

2022 days ago
125.

MiKE B    

Kanye doesn't like WHITE PEOPLE finally he's come out of the closet.

2022 days ago
126.

TMZ Hater    

TMZ should drop their charges immediately. If Kanye goes to jail, who will TMZ follow relentlessly and become the thorn in their personal lives? TMZ needs to take responsibility for ruining celebrities lives trying to make a quick buck at someone else's expense; invading anyone's privacy and getting retribution is part of the game. You punched them first, they punched you back, too bad your camera/lights got smashed, it should have been your face. Go Kanye Go!

2022 days ago
127.

Jay D    

I thought he was already let off the hook for this? Remember after it he said he was cool with tmz and they were not pressing charges? Did tmz decide to press charges after all when he told his buddy to go say some disrespectful sh*t to tmz a copule of weeks ago? lol...I hope they did! He shouldn't have been let off in the first place,

2022 days ago
128.

cathy    

he's a winey thug, and nothing more...he is a sad sad representation for singers and Afircan Americans...he is shameful!

2022 days ago
129.

kayce    

...Don't blame him???????? Have you lost your mind?? He needs to be locked up. He acts like a common jerky thug. Guess what.....have ya heard????? It's no longer cool to be violent. Hopefully he will get the same treatment that Mr. Brown is getting these days. And, BTW.....after hearing him on American Idol the other night...we need to turn our backs on that! When he can't sound any better than that without all his "electronic enhancement"...it's time ta go.

2022 days ago
130.

WHOCARES09    

you can't even tell from the video that it is even him at least I didn't see his face well all I saw was a man in a grey hooded sweatshirt trying to walk down the stairs and got tangled up in some guy's camera cord and he was just trying to untangle himself. It's not a very good video. TMZ you should be taping real crimes that leave real victims behind, with more than just monitary losses and hurt ego because they did not get the picture they were hoping to get of another guy just trying to get on a plane. Who cares; you need something better to worry about take all your cameras and report on sexual offenders, murders, the mentally ill who comitt crimes and get away with it. I really don't care about the rapper who gets on a plane to do what he does for work or fun, I'm sure nobody cares what I do for work or fun. I really don't blame him for swatting at the camera,because just like flies that annoy you in your face you will swat at them and some times you miss and sometimes you squash them.But that is the risk the fly takes when it chooses to annoy a human.

2022 days ago
131.

YouPeopleAreSick    

The #10 post on here made me laugh out loud!

"POOPSI" (which, in and of itself is a HILARIOUS screen name, if you want to be taken seriously, of course) said:

"TO REDNECK RIVERBOY, I,M SURE YOU HAVE A RECORD TO YOUR CRIME WOULD, HAVEING A IQ OF SPLIT PEA YOU LONELY LIFE CLOWN".

AH HAHAHA!

There are *so* many friggin' mistakes in that reply, that I *would* consider aforementioned split-pea to write it better; and yet s/he (or he-she perhaps?) questions the intelligence of the other person's post, who clearly has no problem spelling or using the English language.

So, to summarize, dear, dear, POOPSI, in "a" languages I hope yous can get from you would: I hoped never encounter *you* crime would. "Haveing" "A" IQ larger than yous is just two muches two bare. I,M Thankes yous from mys bottum off mys heartz.

1962 days ago
132.

Jared J. H. Catapano    

I hate these media hungry idiots as much as the next guy, but Kayne was WAY out of line. Self control...

http://pop.ology.com/2009/03/19/kanyes-going-to-jail-jk/

-Jared J. H. Catapano (ology.com)

2021 days ago
133.

hurricane    

kanye is an idiot he is a good artist but he needs to gt his head out his a$$ i live in new orleans yes im a katrina victom too he came on tv and said that bush was a raciest and didnt want to help the black people when did it become a race isue i dont care for bush eather but that storm didnt care what color u was we all lost everything he is the one that is raciest he came to new orleans a few months ago and went to a resteraunt he demanded a black waitrest then when he paid for the bill he screwed up and left a 20 dollar tip for a 400 dollar bill guess he didnt think white people bought his music eather i will never buy another one after that give him enough rope he will hang himself he was live on idol the other day and he sucked trying to dress like lil wayne he wants to be like him so bad hes good but will never be great !!!!!! like lil wezzy

2021 days ago
134.

Penits    

I hope a TMZ photog gets shot and killed sometime. I really do. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

2018 days ago
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