Kanye West In Hot Water After Attacking Paparazzi Photographer at Airport

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Singer Kanye West is being investigated by Los Angeles police for allegedly assaulting a photographer. Again.

The latest incident happened Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, when videographer Daniel Ramos approached the star, already well-established as no fan of celebrity journalism.

Video of the event shows Ramos and several other photographers/videographers surrounding West as he walks to a limo. Ramos tries to engage the singer in conversation, asking “Why can’t we talk to you?” At that point, West chastises the cameraman for “trying to get me in trouble…so I have to pay you, like, $250,000.” The singer then lunges at the camera before the video cuts out.

Off camera, Ramos said West pushed him to ground while trying to grab his camera. He then jumped in the limo and took off before police and paramedics arrived on the scene. Ramos was taken to the emergency room, where the extent of his injuries was unclear. No word, either, on the condition of his camera.


Police confirmed they were investigating the incident, and Ramos told celebrity gossip site TMZ that he plans to press charges.

West has had numerous run-ins with paparazzi in the past. In 2008, he was arrested but not charged for tussling with a photographer in London.  He was also captured on camera at LAX just a week ago smacking camera lenses and lecturing photographers on his rules of engagement: “I don’t want any paparazzi talking to me…or anyone I know…Tell everybody never talk to anyone that anyone knows.”

In what many regard as a sure sign of the apocalypse, West is in a relationship with meta-celebrity Kim Kardashian, whose brother-in-law is NBA star Lamar Odom — a guy who demonstrated his own style of paparazzi management earlier this month.

(via People and TMZ)

Image credits: Kanye photo by Robert Castro

  • aaronbbrown

    How long before paparazzi start carrying concealed weapons, and begin standing their ground against celebrity thugs in hoodies. :)

  • PJ

    Please, stop calling this “celebrity journalism”, this is nothing remotely close to being journalism…

  • Genkakuzai

    While I despise paparazzi as much as the next dude… celebrities need to stop being such frigging babies. If you’re not comfortable being a celebrity, then don’t become one. It’s a painstaking process which very rarely happens by accident. People spend half their lives desperately trying to become a ‘celebrity’, once they reach that goal they seem to realise it’s not all they thought it would be. I honestly have a very limited amount of sympathy for celebrities whining about the hand that feeds them (i.e. the public), and about zero sympathy for Kanye West. A bigger douche is hard to find.

  • Roman

    Paparazzis aren’t photographers. 30 years ago fine ,there was a photographic element to shooting celebrities but now they just want to provoke people because they don’t have anything to write or talk about.

  • Candice Montgomery

    Kanye isn’t married, so no Apocalypse just yet.

  • TheJudge

    Someone needs to slap the taste out of his self righteous mouth. Hey Kanye…. No one told you to become famous. You knew the game before you signed your first record deal. Papparazzi have been doing this since before you were born. I got news for you, you wanna be hood life thug, they follow you and provoke you cause they know there’s a story in it….. They know you’ll snap. I’m gonna get a camera and become a celebrity journalist. I wanna see if you man handle me. I got money says if you tried I’d have you sitting in my lap while I braided corn rows in your hair. I’d make you say thank you too.

  • Burt

    It goes without saying that Kanye is a d!ck. But paparazzi are even worse! F@cking parasites! If you read magazines that publish paparazzi photos, then you are the biggest part of the problem. If you need to watch the lives of strangers to fill some sort of void in your life, then you are a mistake of evolution! Unfortunately the industrial revolution, democracy, and technological advancements have changed survival of the fittest, to survival of the stupidest.

    If you follow, and take photos of people who don’t wish to have their photos taken, you deserve a punch in the face. I couldn’t care less if it is a celebrity or a bus driver, if you harass someone, you deserve to have your ass kicked.

  • Bristol

    When is Kanye just going to accept that he’s a gay fish?

  • Terry Clark

    Celeb thugs and paparazzi — like two turds in a bowl both swirling around. Who cares.

  • Mark

    Maybe Paparazzi should stop surrounding people when they’re just trying to get out of the airport. Sure Kanye shouldn’t be shoving paparazzi, but when repeatedly provoked? Imagine having these guys around you like gnats EVERY time you are out in public. It would be hard for anyone to keep their cool.

    Again, not defending Kanye, but not condemning him, either. Paparazzi are scum, as far as I’m concerned.

  • Scott Spellman

    This whole situation is so completely avoidable that its laughable. First-if nobody bought crappy magazines or watched TMZ then there would be no market for this garbage paparazzi stuff. Taunting people in public to make them violent has no connection to professional photography of any kind, Second-Kanye can easily hire bodyguards or fly private to completely avoid this confrontation.

    Everybody in this situation is to blame for this garbage.

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks for pointing that out Candice :) We’ve reworded that last section.

  • Bill

    TMZ is that like a festering boil in the most inappropriate places, so wish they would just go away. But instead real true news organizations are folding up and/or laying off photographers.

  • Guest

    Can you imagine how this would unfold if it were in Florida with the “Stand Your Ground” defense?

  • Antonio Carrasco

    don’t go there

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Bashing papparazzi is soooooooooo tired at this point. Just stop. They only exist because of supply and demand.

    The minute people stop going to TMZ and Perez Hilton, buying People or OK Magazine is the minute that all the paparazzi disappear.

    Not only that but Kanye West is the most blatant attention whore out there, so it’s extremely ironic that he would be attacking anyone for aiming a camera at him.

  • will10

    I hate the whole concept of the Paparazzis. If you are going to provoke someone like a celeb, chances are you are going to piss them off. If they wish to be left a lone, leave them alone. That should go with out saying

  • oldtaku

    TMZ vs Kanye? I think I’m just going to hate everyone involved.

  • Fullstop

    Kanye, TMZ and paparazzi’s sparring is a match made in heaven. I can’t stand all parties involved!

  • Dave

    Be sure to bring your most dangerous weapon…..your keyboard.

  • bob cooley

    I’m not saying this is the case with this incident – but I’m just wondering when we’ll see the first occurrence of a staged paparazzi confrontation (where the celeb has hired the paparazzi for exactly the purposes of the fight) – for the publicity it generates. For some (Kanye is a perfect example of this), no attention is bad attention….

  • DM

    The paparazzi obviously are harassing Kanye. They are cameramen; they should not be asking celebs questions and bugging them!

  • James Carter

    Yeah, watched another video from a different angle. He hardly did anything to the guy.
    But Kanye easily could have gotten in the car, I mean it was right there, one more step and he would have been in it.

  • Theranthrope

    A valid question: who gets to decide if a certain class of people “deserve” a right to self-defense or not? Should the right of self-defense, like the right to free speech, extend only to people I personally like or agree with?

  • Theranthrope

    Are the operators of airport’s own security cameras, which are recording THE SAME SCENE, just from a different angle, provoking this pseudo-celeb to act like an idiot?

  • Theranthrope

    “If you follow, and take photos of people who don’t wish to have their photos taken, you deserve a punch in the face.”

    So… when I see a security camera, and I don’t want it taking my picture, I should go hunt down the operator and sock him or her good, because I have some kind of super-special “I-don’t-want-to-and-you-can’t-make-me” right to treat all public space as my private domain? Please rethink what you just said.

  • Theranthrope

    This is no longer the era of Walter Cronkite; the bar for what passes for “journalism” now could be likened to a limbo contest…

  • yo

    Imma let you finish, but first let me take that camera

  • Rabi Abonour

    I think this is basically it. Paparazzi suck. They feed off of a sick, voyeuristic celebrity culture. However, celebrities know this world exists. They in fact profit from it. Paparazzi culture is the same culture that lets the Kardashians have reality TV shows.

    Kanye easily could have gotten into his car and been driven away – he didn’t need to aggravate the situation.

  • Eugene Chok

    but they would have to be in florida… so they would end up photographing virtually no one

  • Ron

    And Kanye West is nothing remotely close to being talented…

  • Ron

    Nice one Kanye fanboy…

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  • Peng Tuck Kwok

    How is Kayne West even remotely a celebrity?

  • teila

    … aside from the fact that you cannot do what he does and make what he makes doing what he does. I am no fan of the guy, but obviously the guy has created a product that many people paid for long before he became famous…

    What have you done along those lines, and how much per annum did you make doing it?

    My point exactly. ;)

  • Sebastian

    I think you are lacking empathy sir. Celebrity status is really a side-effect of having made things that people enjoy. Being hounded by the press every day isn’t very nice when you’re trying to get things done.

  • Genkakuzai

    Yeah that’s really not exactly the case. There are plenty of artists and actors who live a fairly anonymous life outside their music/movies. You don’t HAVE to live in Los Angeles or New York just because you’re famous. When you’ve reached the level of fame these people have you have the possibility of living pretty much wherever you want. Point being, if you’re constantly doing everything in your power to become famous, you simply don’t have the right to whine when you become that famous.

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