The weirdo who came up to Kim Kardashian in blackface at the Vienna Opera Ball -- pretending to be Kanye West -- now claims the entire encounter was a misunderstanding ... insisting he's NOT a racist ... and didn't mean to offend her.
Chris Stephan -- a stand-up comedian in Austria -- just posted the apology on his Facebook, saying he's "incredibly sorry" things unfolded the way they did. He says he's of Arab descent himself, and never intended to be racist.
As we reported, Kim stormed out of the fancy pants ball yesterday after Stephan came up to her in black face make-up, acting like Kanye.
Kim was paid $500,000 to be the guest of Austrian businessman Richard Lugner at the event. Lugner later said Kim was a crappy date.
Insulted Me With Kanye 'Black Face'
2/27/2014 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian stormed out of the hoity-toity Vienna Ball after some white dude working the event came up to her in black face, pretending to be Kanye West!
Kim was paid $500K to be the guest of Richard Lugner, an Austrian businessman who has a long history of paying starlets half-a-mil to be his arm candy at the Vienna Annual Opera Ball.
Lugner just did an interview trashing Kim for not sticking to the program, saying, "Kim is annoying me."
But we're told she was taking pics with Lugner when a guy who was working the ball came up to her ... IN BLACK FACE acting like he was Kanye. She walked away from the guy, but had to stay another hour and a half.
The final straw. A short time later a guy came up to Kim and asked her to dance. She said she wasn't a good dancer, and then the guy responded, he would dance with her if the orchestra played "N****rs in Vienna."
Kim is saying there were other problems. She told her people Lugner was aggressive, at times grabbing her and imploring her to lose her security. She said Lugner was trying to be alone with her.
And, we're told a lot of this was caught on tape because Kim was shooting for her reality show.
I Agree With Kanye
TMZ's Got Racial Issues
2/18/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian just called TMZ out ... echoing Kanye West's complaint that TMZ goes after him because we're uncomfortable with interracial relationships.
Kim was leaving Barney's New York Tuesday afternoon when we asked her about her fiance's rant over the weekend at a concert, where he lobbed his criticism of TMZ and other media.
Kim proclaimed her blanket support for whatever Kanye says ... but it was clearly targeted at his criticism of TMZ.
Not to brag ... but we criticized Kanye long before he hooked up with Kim, like in 2008 after he attacked a photog at LAX, and after his Taylor Swift fiasco a year later.
BTW ... we've also liked De Niro.
TMZ Rags On Me
Out Of Racial Nervousness
2/16/2014 3:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West went on another endless rant Saturday night ... but this one had a racial twist.
Kanye was playing the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey when he called out TMZ and other media for criticizing him over the last year.
Kanye said we all make him look like "a maniac and an animal" ... not because of anything he did ... but because of our discomfort over interracial relationships.
Unless we're missing something ... he thinks we all have a problem with the fact that he's engaged to Kim Kardashian.
Funny ... we thought we were ragging on him long before he hooked up with Kim.
Kanye to Kim
Let's Get that Mouth Fed
2/16/2014 9:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West took his favorite mouth to dinner yesterday ... one day after he praised Kim Kardashian's oral skills on a new remix.
The two went out for a romantic evening in New York after his concert in New Jersey -- probably to make up for his recent remix of "Drunk in Love" ... where Kanye said he first fell in love with Kim after "impregnating her mouth."
D.A. Declines Prosecution
In Bev Hills Beating Case
1/31/2014 4:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West will NOT be prosecuted for beating up a guy in the waiting room of a Beverely Hills chiropractor ... TMZ has learned.
The L.A. County D.A. has REJECTED the case. As for why ... the D.A. gave several reasons:
-- A civil compromise has been reached. TMZ broke the story, Kanye agreed to pay more than $250,000 to the 18-year-old.
-- The victim was not hurt. The D.A. says "No significant injuries were documented."
-- The victim became uncooperative after the civil compromise, and would not speak with prosecutors.
The conclusion of the D.A. ... "Prosecution is accordingly declined due to Victim unavailability."
One interesting thing -- in the rejection, the D.A. notes Kim and Kanye both alleged the 18-year-old used a racial epithet.
With Bev Hills Beating Victim
1/28/2014 1:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The guy Kanye West beat up in the waiting room of a Beverly Hills chiropractor hit the jackpot ... scoring a settlement of MORE THAN $250,000 ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the negotiations tell us ... the young man who allegedly hurled racial epithets at Kim earlier this month has agreed to the civil settlement and now feels satisfied enough that he does NOT want to go forward with a criminal prosecution.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... the D.A. has not decided whether to charge Kanye with battery. The reality is ... there's almost no chance of that happening. First, the D.A. now has an uncooperative victim. Second, the victim's alleged racial epithets will not sit well with the jury. And there are probably lots of Kanye fans in the jury pool.
We're told during the settlement negotiations the victim's demand soared to the upper 6 figures, so $250K is just a fraction.
We called Kanye's civil lawyer, Shawn Holley for comment ... but we got nothin'.
Nevertheless ... we're calling it case closed.
18-year-old Alleged Battery Victim
Wants Cash to Settle
1/21/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The 18-year-old who Kanye West allegedly beat up last week in a chiropractor's waiting room has approached the rapper, asking for a ton of money to settle the case without criminal prosecution ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the 18-year-old tell us ... his lawyer called Kanye's people and expressed the desire to strike a civil settlement -- FOR A PRICE -- several hundred thousand dollars.
We're told the 18-year-old is adamant -- he does NOT want to go through a public trial. As we reported ... Kim Kardashian claims the young man was hurling racial epithets, calling her a "n***er lover" among other things. We're also told he has not been responsive with the police since the incident.
As for the $$$ ... although eyewitnesses in the Beverly Hills chiropractor's office say Kanye pummeled the guy ... we're hearing he has no apparent injuries. Nonetheless, avoiding a criminal trial has a price.
Sources say both sides are currently in negotiations.
Pummeled 18-Year-Old Like A Boxer
1/15/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West was like a boxer going in for the kill ... pummeling an 18-year old guy with more than 30 blows ... this according to an eyewitness.
We broke the story ... an 18-year-old allegedly called Kim a "n****r lover" on his way into the office of a Beverly Hills chiropractor. Minutes later, Kim and Kanye stormed in -- Kim ID the kid -- and her baby daddy went nuts.
The eyewitness tells TMZ ... the 18-year-old was sitting in a chair as Kanye made a beeline for him and, without saying a word, started slugging him in the face. The kid was covering his face but Kanye was unrelenting. Kim just stood there and silently watched the beating.
The receptionist was screaming, "Stop, stop," but Kanye ignored her. The kid quickly curled up into a ball to block the blows.
The massage therapist rushed into the waiting room and pushed Kanye off the kid and ordered him out of the office. Kanye got out of the building and Kim went to another office for a meeting.
Kanye and Kim
Alleged Victim's Bizarre Conduct Before Attack
1/14/2014 5:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The 18-year-old who got attacked in a doctor's waiting room by Kanye West is on VIDEO -- outside the building and before the confrontation -- and he appears to taunt the paparazzi as Kim Kardashian walks in.
The barely-a-man screams to Kim, "They're whack, dude. You have to deal with that everyday?" He then excitedly hops up the front steps like a rabbit.
The video stops as Kim walks in. TMZ broke the story ... Kim claims the man then started to hurl epithets to Kim about the paparazzi, calling them "n*****s" and "fa****s" Kim says she then called him out for using the word and then he turned on her, calling her a "n****r lover." At that point Kim called Kanye on his cell -- he was nearby -- and the guy apparently knew Kanye was listening and he called the rapper a "n****r."
We're told the guy walked into his chiropractor's office and Kanye and Kim followed shortly thereafter, and eyewitnesses tell TMZ Kanye punched him in the face.
Kanye is now a suspect in a criminal investigation. And, as we reported, Kim claims the guy threatened to kill her and she's going to file a police report of her own.
That Guy Called Me a Slut
And Said 'I Will Kill You'
1/14/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian was threatened with DEATH by the man who allegedly called her a "n****r lover"... and she's filing a police report and wants the guy prosecuted for making criminal threats ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the nuclear blow up at a Beverly Hills medical building tell TMZ ... the guy screamed at Kim, "I WILL KILL YOU, SLUT" ... and THAT Kim believes is a crime.
TMZ broke the story ... the guy had been yelling at paps outside the building as Kim showed up. He apparently tried to help her get in the building, but when he started ranting at photogs, calling them "n****rs" and "f****ts" ... Kim called him out and he then went crazy on her.
For some reason, Kim called Kanye in the middle of the guy's rant and the guy screamed that Kanye was an "n****r," and it all culminated in confrontation in a chiropractor's waiting room when Kanye barged in and punched the guy. Now Kanye is a suspect in a criminal battery investigation.
Kim has already met with her lawyer and they decided they will mount a counterattack by filing a police report.
Whatever happens ... it's not good for Kanye. He's already facing battery charges for his LAX assault on a photog, and the L.A. City Attorney wants to use every confrontation to prove Kanye has an M.O. This isn't going to help his cause.
Kim and Kanye
Nightmare Neighbor Award
12/27/2013 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are rock bottom when it comes to choosing who you'd LEAST like to share a common fence with.
Zillow has revealed the celebs American would LEAST like to have as their neighbors ... and Kim and Kanye top the list -- according to 25% of us common folk. Only 2% feel the opposite.
The Honey Boo Boo clan comes in second in the worst celeb neighbor contest, weighing in at 18%. Somewhat surprising ... Justin Beiber came in 3rd at 16%, and Miley 4th aqt 16%.
As for the best celeb neighbor, Jimmy Fallon wins with 11%, while Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton share second position with Jennifer Lawrence at 10%
Ripped Off Samples for 'Bound 2'
... Claims Ex-Child Star
12/24/2013 12:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West may dry hump Kim Kardashian in the "Bound 2" video, but a former child star says he's the one getting screwed in the song ... claiming Yeezus stole a sample from his old track and never paid up.
The guy behind the lawsuit is Ricky Spicer -- an ex-member of the '70s soul group, "Ponderosa Twins Plus One" ... which recorded a song called "Bound" back in 1970.
Spicer, who was 12 years old when he laid down the track, says he recently heard Kanye's new hit on the radio and IMMEDIATELY recognized his old work.
Problem is ... Spicer says he never granted Kanye (or anyone affiliated with Kanye) permission to use his voice ... so on Monday, he filed a lawsuit in Manhattan.
Ricky is suing the rapper's labels for allegedly stealing his vocals ... and is demanding West stop using the song and pay him an unspecified amount of money.
Just listen to the song ... the Ponderosa Twins' ditty is clearly the main sample on "Bound 2" -- and Kanye's title suggests his version is a sequel to the original.
But this ain't Kanye's first rodeo when it comes to sampling music (see: Stronger, Gold Digger, Diamonds from Sierra Leone, etc.) ... and it's unlikely he would just jack the tune without trying to obtain the rights.
We reached out to Kanye's camp for comment -- so far, no word back.