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Kanye West pleads no contest in battery case

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kanye West on pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor battery against a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport in a special plea in which he maintains his innocence.

West entered the plea through his attorney and did not attend the court hearing. He was sentenced to two years of probation, 24 anger management therapy sessions and 250 hours of community service.

The rapper did not reach a civil settlement with the paparazzo, and his plea cannot be used against him in a civil lawsuit.

West was charged with misdemeanor counts of battery and grand theft after an altercation at LAX with photographer Daniel Ramos in July.

Ramos claimed West punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground during the scuffle.

Kanye West Attacks Photographer

Ramos is suing West and attended Monday's hearing accompanied by his lawyer, Gloria Allred.

Prosecutors declined to file felony charges against West, but city prosecutors decided to pursue misdemeanor charges. Each count carried a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.

West was arrested in September 2008 after another scuffle with photographers inside a terminal at LAX, but the cases were dismissed after he completed anger management treatment and agreed to pay the photographers for broken equipment.

Earlier this year, West reached a civil settlement with a man he was accused of assaulting in a Beverly Hills medical office. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to file charges, citing conflicting witness statements and the civil settlement.

The Jan. 13 altercation occurred after the 18-year-old man used a racial slur in an argument with West's fiancee, Kim Kardashian, according to a document prepared by a prosecutor. The reality starlet called West and told him about the incident and the rapper came to the building and attacked the man in a chiropractor's office, the document stated.

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Hey Girl! March 18 2014 at 12:38 AM

I bet he is pissed off about having to go to these anger management classes.

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frogmn171 March 17 2014 at 8:21 PM

kanye the coward, your a real brave guy with your bodyguards around, I hope you try that with the wrong guy and get beat within an inch of your life.

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Joe frogmn171 March 17 2014 at 8:31 PM

I agree 1000 %..!!

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kcanpa2_kenneth March 17 2014 at 8:20 PM

Just another self righteous, important rich and famous black man going the way of others.

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Rae Turner March 17 2014 at 8:11 PM

Not that i likeKanye or KK but I really dislike what these photograhers are doing . I would probably hit them too.
I actually care less about seeing another photo of thoese so call "stars"

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Epenguin March 17 2014 at 8:06 PM

Didn't the judge know he was "Yesus" or did the judge just realize he's a fat prostitute loving yerkoff?

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colinminneapolis March 17 2014 at 8:04 PM

This is too funny. Those knuckleheads have it coming. They know this thug has a quick temper and they still go after him to take his picture? I have NO love for West or his side kick, but you papparrazo asked for it!

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JOEM March 18 2014 at 9:46 AM

Well he is a tough case

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cgoldhahn1 March 18 2014 at 9:47 AM

Him and his wife are both no-talent jerks. They deserve each other. She once spent $100,000 on an automatic flushable toilet since she said her friends sometime forget to flush. If I never see those two again, it will be too soon. I feel sorry for that baby. I wouldn't waste my time getting his picture. Who cares about him. People are homeless and starving and these two only care about themselves. Do us all a favor, no one cares about them.

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WEBMASTER! March 17 2014 at 7:57 PM

I am completely certain that he will do every minute of community service. [ sarcasm]

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bps163 March 17 2014 at 7:43 PM

I have no care at all for west he is racist and he is his own jail style black panther, that said. And I cannot believe I'm saying this for west! But he did say the word "don't" and the photo nut case looking for fake fast buck got what was coming. It's good thing it was not me the movie goers would have loved that scene. It's time these NUT CASES with cameras flashing nonstop need to be stopped.

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MIKE HALL bps163 March 17 2014 at 8:49 PM

Now you know better than that ,,blacks cannot be racist, only whites can be called racist, not my rules ,but theirs themselves.

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