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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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Keyser Söze    

... So let me get this straight:

A guy you don't like asking you "why are you so piss all the time, man?" should now, according to West, be viewed as a legitimate reason to feel your life is in danger and give you the right to attack said guy who ask the question?

Did Shaw Holley get legal tips from the team who got George Zimmerman off?

Funny that he didn't really attack the guy - he just tried to steal his camera. Stealing to protect your life - definitely a self-defence move, if I ever seen one.

You know, when you die, Kanye, nobody will cry for your ass.

305 days ago
32.

Jordan    

At least Shawn Holley found a Client that can afford to Pay.

305 days ago
33.

Jordan    

I am Curious how Shawn Holley will convince a Jury that Kayne was in fear for his safety when the Paparazzi clearly said Kayne I do not want to fight.

305 days ago
34.

Mimi    

Zimmerman much?

305 days ago
35.

Eric Herrera    

You guys just dont like him because of his arrogance. Well let me say this, YALL ARE STUPID

305 days ago
36.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Everyone has seen the video. Kayne is full of krap. I'm still waiting for him to sue the sign post that viciously attacked his damn ugly head ha ha....

305 days ago
37.

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Is that why he engaged the stalker?
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Stalker retreated & he pursued him.
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Stalkers with cameras should be illegal, however this celeb was also wrong.

305 days ago
38.

beachgal    

why is he trying to make his k-kow look like Beyonce lmao

305 days ago
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lisasimp2010    

i am not a BIG FAN of him but that being said... I am dead against these so called :::PAS""" .. lOOk at nicOle kidman ... princess Dianne I fEEl they take it way to far and there needs tO have laws put in place hOw would You like to be stalked followed and have people outside your house if a normal person was being followed we can call the cOps ........ for them it is expected and it does not matter that they are fam0use they are human they need to slow the **** d0wn!!!!!!!

305 days ago
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2idiots    

Poor Shawn! Now that Lindsay's cleaned up her act, this is the crap she (Shawn) gets to deal with.
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BS on this claim - didnt Kon-Gay go after the pap?

305 days ago
41.

2idiots    

Where's NORF?

305 days ago
42.

2idiots    

HEY TMZ!!! What happened to your smear campaign against Lamar Odom? Why did you drop that all of a sudden?

305 days ago
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2idiots    

PimpGranny's gonna have Harvey Spinning like a record to turn this situation around.

305 days ago
44.

tmz addict    

lmfao today kanye broke a camera.... he comes out next year from jail

305 days ago
45.

elle    

In all seriousness - I'm starting to think this guy may be schizophrenic. He seems paranoid & delusional.

305 days ago
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