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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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46.

bart    

Yea right the photographer was going to beat you up. I think these photographers are idiots but we have laws and this is allowed plus you can't beat up a person that is not threating your life. Why ont you go on thinking you are the greatest rock star ever and live in your own little ego world. You are nothing more than are a thug with a anger management problem.

292 days ago
47.

Tubby    

To jail dbag!

292 days ago
48.

softsaint    

Juries are not Fools, they will check his record with Photographers and camera men..Its not the first and its not even the second time..He didnt even have history of him been attacked by camera people. This dude sucks men..

292 days ago
49.

softsaint    

He need to get the taste of jail, theres no better way for him to learn. Cant wait to hear/watch him get charged and sentenced

292 days ago
50.

Account Killer    

Yea kanye has history or doing dumb stuff. But. To anyone this may apply to who has already posted. Did you guys even see the video? The photog wasnt.punched and the photog was basically laughing when in the lil thing with kanye. Then the photog falla to the ground, gets up skips off, then next thing.i know.hes on a stretcher. Either the dudes a paper mache or the photo is BS. The photog was not seriously hurt. I doubt he was even hurt at all. This photog has a history as provoking as kanyes. Hes known for overtime pushing the celebs over the edge. Im not sure exactly what he did besides perhaps being annoying, but he happens to be the paparazzo thats consistently getting into little things with celebs. Including the famous Britney altercation with the umbrella. In fact he sold the umbrella and.the dented vehicle on ebay and got a nice chunk of money from it. The photog is definitely playing it up.

292 days ago
51.

larabrownj    

these people make a living off of being piranha and taking pictures of people at thier worst! in fact the worse the better. if your going to make a living doing this type of work occasionally getting a beat down is just an unfortunate job hazard..

292 days ago
52.

The Legend Rayford Faulkner    

West is full of crap

292 days ago
53.

TEAM LAMMY    

Why did u let the sign kick your azz then?

292 days ago
54.

JuanRambo    

KW is a punk

292 days ago
55.

tk104    

He was defending himself... the video that came out right after proved that the sleazy@ss pap initiated the entire ordeal and now is just trying to get an easy paychecheck because everyone knows Kanye is too easily agitated. ..something he REALLY needs to work on

292 days ago
56.

Phishie from Philly    

Kangay was just protecting his ego because he said to the photog, don't talk to me and he did. Kanye is a real POS and deserves Kim & Kris in his life. The fun is just beginning.
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292 days ago
57.

Tony    

Total thug, punk, sperm donor and sooner or alter this moneky will end up in cage in a maximum security prison. Not soon enough for me.

292 days ago
58.

Bella    

This is ridiculous!! You can see the paparazzi backing up when Kanye attacks him and he tell Kanye multiple times he doesn't want to fight him! I think that paps need to have some respect towards people. But, a person has to he held accountable when they blatantly break the law and criminally attack another person. If Kanye really believes he was being threatened than the judge needs to put him on a 72 hour psychiatric hold!

292 days ago
59.

Vince    

He is a no talent tone deaf thug. If he wasn't using kimmy kow as a sperm dump he wouldn't even be noticed. I will laugh myself into a fit of hiccups when someday this moron runs into someone who wont be bullied and his body guards are not there to help him and he gets his azz handed to him.....

292 days ago
60.

Mr. Pukey    

I was defending myself from the voices in my head...

292 days ago
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