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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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rayray49 March 17 2014 at 7:25 PM

when you have celeb status, you are pap business, as long as they are not in your space . personally I wouldn't want a picture of Kenye. but business is business, and some pictures are money shots. now if I saw Kenye slip in dog poop, I'd take that shot. other wise naaa.

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Bill's Home March 17 2014 at 8:32 PM

Too bad OJ Simpson's still in jail. Kim Kardashian would probably kick Kanye West to the curb and jump all over OJ .

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ghireptiles March 17 2014 at 8:35 PM

So the photographer makes a living intentionally annoying celebs in hopes of being confronted so he can sue the celeb? Brilliant! How do I get in on this cowardly scam???

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deeleo2 March 17 2014 at 8:35 PM

Kayne Jest should be his name because he is a joke. Stupid, stupid coward.

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ANGELOCOOL March 17 2014 at 8:38 PM


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james_dewolfe March 17 2014 at 8:39 PM

The only way any rapper can get publicity is to be arrested.

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clinton March 17 2014 at 8:39 PM

From the video of the incident, I would have to ask Kanye, hey man don't you think you over reacted? Video doesn't lie, so let the judge decide.

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quinncarpetclean March 17 2014 at 8:41 PM

is it just a coincidence that these pooparottsee guys that get jumped on are always 140 lbs....for once i'd like to see some photographer who happens to be 6'4' , 265 lbs. or better....not taking sides....just like to see if it plays out the same

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Sherri March 17 2014 at 8:55 PM

He reminds me of Bubba from Forrest Gump

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manofthehr7 Sherri March 17 2014 at 9:00 PM

That's funny. I've said the same thing. The first time I saw this guy was when he was ranting about George Bush not liking black people during a Hurricane Katrina telethon. I had no idea who he was. I really thought he was retarded. I thought they let some retard on who was affected by the storm. I couldn't believe it when I was told he was actually a "celebirty."

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manofthehr7 manofthehr7 March 17 2014 at 9:02 PM

Yes, I know I spelled celebrity wrong, I was typing too fast.

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brennemanbelkin March 17 2014 at 10:30 PM

" accompanied by his lawyer, Gloria Allred."

No fan of Kanye's but it looks like he's the lesser of two evils here.

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