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Kanye West

Why He's Getting Prosecuted

And Lamar Isn't

9/17/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kanye West
is getting prosecuted for screwing with a photographer's equipment at LAX, but Lamar Odom basically did the same thing and he's not facing criminal charges ... and TMZ knows why.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... honchos in the L.A. City Attorney's Office cut Lamar a break because this is the first time he ever went on the attack against a paparazzo.  You'll recall Lamar went into a photog's car and chucked his camera equipment into the street, damaging it.  Lamar has been ordered to attend an informal hearing but will NOT face criminal charges.


Our sources say the reason they're going after Kanye is his history of attacking photographers.  Specifically, the City Attorney has zeroed in on another incident at LAX back in 2008, when he grabbed a photog's camera and threw it to the ground.  The case was filed, but later dismissed after Kanye paid for the repair.

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We're told the City Attorney also factored in the various incidents where Kanye has lashed out at photogs ... incidents prosecutors have seen on TMZ.

It is unclear if the City Attorney will try to use prior incidents in Kanye's current criminal case to prove he has an M.O. -- i.e., ATTACK.

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16.

miss b    

Sweet how TMZ has them gazing into each others eyes.

370 days ago
17.

snowy    

What a riveting story! Gosh on the edge of my seat. Who the hells cares if Kayne is getting prosecuted and Lamar aint. Kayne is the worlds biggest DB. Karma is getting its own back.

370 days ago
18.

Cran    

Free speech means we can speak to you Kanye....you do not own some proprietary right to silence. If he had grabbed and destroyed your possessions you would prosecute too. Also don't forget your assaulted and injured the guy. You deserve what you get.

370 days ago
19.

Yes, I'm That Leah    

I'm sick of this man. I can't stand Kanye, never could. Make all of these rappers and athletes go away!

370 days ago
20.

mary    

if everyday joe did what either of these guys did, there would be charges.

370 days ago
21.

BB not bb    

Kanye was provoked. If you provoke someone and get attacked, isn't that considered your own fault? People have the right to say they don't want to be filmed. That is a constitutional right to privacy. I think Kanye can sue the prosecutor for wrongful prosecution. This is bs.


He didn't even hurt the guy who was smiling like a demon the whole time. It was maybe even a set up. All that I love you business just trying to make Kanye even more aggravated.


I think Lamar actually destroyed and stole equipment. All Kanye did was sort of massage this guy's head and roll him onto the ground.

370 days ago
22.

jdranetz    

Lamar destroyed property. Kanye had an actual direct physical altercation with the photographer.

370 days ago
23.

lilly    

cause hes got money!!!!!!!!! and lamar is spending all his on brillo!!!!!!! duh!

370 days ago
24.

Mr.Chamblee    

WOW

370 days ago
25.

TJ    

Kanye appears to be ashamed of his child. Keeps it hidden away somewhere~

370 days ago
26.

Sam    

Does it have anything to do with the degree of douchebaggery Kanye exudes?

370 days ago
27.

Nonsense    

Doesn't matter, its California so nothing will happen. Just a useless waste of taxpayers dollars.

370 days ago
28.

Monksolo    

Should prosecute him for stealing people's beats

370 days ago
29.

notalawyer    

Because he is even farther from a "SPORTS EXCLUSIVE" than Lamar...

370 days ago
30.

Scout    

Why is this under TMZ Sports?

Just because you put some green astroturf on the background doesn't make it a sports story.

It's more than a little pathetic.

370 days ago
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