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Kanye West

I Was Just Defending Myself

9/23/2013 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Kanye West
says he went after that photog at LAX because he feared for his safety ... and that's why he pulled out a can of whoop ass and used it.

Kanye is responding to the civil suit filed by the paparazzo who claims Kanye assaulted him on July 19th at LAX and caused him serious injury.  According to Kanye's answer to the lawsuit, filed by Shawn Holley and obtained by TMZ ... he believed "his safety was in immediate danger."   And then there's this:  "[Kanye] responded to this assault by doing only those acts that were reasonably necessary for his self-defense ..."

In addition to the civil lawsuit, Kanye faces criminal charges that could land him in jail for a maximum of 1 year if convicted.

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Grumpy    

I used to hate this guy but now I like him a little because he just may bring down them fat assed Kardashians! For sure he has helped keep that fat pig loser wife out of the media for awhile and for that I thank you!

364 days ago
17.

FUTMZ    

LaShawn Holley, huh?
Lock him up (like Lindsay Lohan)!

364 days ago
18.

Italia    

Kanye knows he lying, we saw the whole thing. It's all on tape. He attacked that photog saying it was going to cost him $250,000. So, Kanye's right. It will.

364 days ago
19.

Italia    

Kanye attacked the guy because Kanye told him not to talk to him [Kanye]. The photog did talk to Kanye, and Kanye attacked him.

364 days ago
20.

Laura    

It seems to me that a guy (?) that really thinks he's the Messiah shouldn't have to explain his actions to anyone.

364 days ago
21.

Don    

This worthless ****sucker couldn't defend ****.

364 days ago
22.

Snappypac    

I wish everyone would stop talking to him, stop listening to his music, stop buying his music, stop writing stories about him.... Unless it's a video of him hitting his head on a sign- LMFAO that's ok

364 days ago
23.

FLUX    

Welcome to the Kardashian family where everything is someone else's fault, reality is a show and everyone throws everyone else under the bus. Best of luck in court and best of luck with this family. You are going to need it. But then again YOU asked for it.

364 days ago
24.

Faith    

He needs to be put in jail and let him stew about his ugly behavior to people that pay his bills. Shame on him.

364 days ago
25.

Liz    

Karma will catch him someday...

364 days ago
26.

She's baaaack    

Kanye, the guy who hijacked the microphone with his bullshlt at a nationally televised celebrity fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims. Kanye, the guy who hijacked the VMA stage and the mic from a younger Taylor Swift when she got the best female video aware. Funny, dontcha think that Kanye is afraid of cameras now? I guess his balls hurt since they're shrinking a little more every day now that Kris Kardashian Jenner owns him and it makes him crabby.

364 days ago
27.

JBDragon    

Watch out,.. it's a loaded CAMERA!!! Run for your life!!!!! If if you're this guy, beat the person up over it!

364 days ago
28.

notalawyer    

I wish he would burst into flames every time he lies...

364 days ago
29.

Rusty Shackleford    

i get it now, he isnt black, he's an indian.

see, the camera was going to steal his soul...

364 days ago
30.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Nothing a little donation... *correction... Nothing like making an "anonymous donation" to the right people will make this go away, get no jail time and/or probation for 2 years.

364 days ago
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