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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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61.

Crystal    

Well, stay out of his face! Simple enough...

340 days ago
62.

Satan    

Both of them are pieces of pure crap. Who cares? God damn...

340 days ago
63.

Jazzi19082    

Leave him alone if u know he doesn't want u in his face and u do it anyway ur looking for a pay day

340 days ago
64.

frank    

Why wouldn't he throw the camera? If half you haters here were treated this way day in and day out y'all would snap too! Get out his face and there won't be problems. Duh...it's that simple! Stop being so over excited for a picture!

340 days ago
65.

BAD KARMA    

A DOUCHE IS A DOUCHE, IS A DOUCHE, IS A DOUCHE.

340 days ago
66.

MekaBFace    

Told ya Kanye you are next bruh bruh. Kardashians ruin lives. #Truth

340 days ago
67.

demoncat    

figured the d.a would want to go after Kanya given mostly his history of doing stuff like that to photogas over and over. where Lamar only did it once and maybe learned not to repeat it . though kanya will manage to not serve much jail time.

340 days ago
68.

wattwed    

Leave Kane along. Let the man have some privacy. Just because you become a celebrity does not mean you don't have the right to some privacy when you are not doing a public show.

340 days ago
69.

BabaBooey    

He needs to go back to Chicago. He obviously can't handle the heat.

340 days ago
70.

tmz addict    

punch their ****ing lights out

340 days ago
71.

Ebony    

While I am not saying Lamar is justified in his attack... the difference is Lamar went into the car of the camera person... he DID NOT actually touch him physically; where is Kanye did. Kanye physically assulted the paps and has on many occasions. Kanye should be punished.. obviously he didn't learn from the time before when he recieved a slap on the wrist..

340 days ago
72.

bobbi    

Well then why did they marry into reality show families they are kind asking for it. Enjoy your drugs, it is so nice in a world of poverty and unemployment, money can just be wasted because they have a temper tantrum.

340 days ago
73.

C.L.    

Because he's an azzhole and is Lamar is a crackhead. No good reason for being an azzhole but crackheads have an addition.

340 days ago
74.

John T.    

The man has a really bad temper, none of us can go out and punch people. One day when he really hurts someone maybe then they will lock this nut case up. He has a very short fuse. He thinks he is above the law. He needs to be taken down a peg or two..Lock his crazy ass up.

340 days ago
75.

TJ    

Kanye has a very effeminate personality. He makes a good girl friend for KIM.And for her, he is very malleable.(a Kardashian requirement). e.g Lamar, Scott, Rob,Bruce.In contrast, KRIS HUMPHRIES was a manly man.Therefore, he was not acceptable & had to be disposed off, as quickly as possible.

340 days ago
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