What is up with celebrities lately? If photographers didn’t take your pictures, no one would give a damn what you’re doing, or even know who you are. Is it really necessary to physically assault someone? In breaking news today, Kanye West and his bodyguard assualted a TMZ photographer trying to take his picture. What happened?
Erik, our cameraman, is on his way back to our offices now, after being interviewed by LAX Police. Here’s what happened that led to Kanye West’s vandalism arrest at LAX.
Erik says he was at Terminal 4 (American Airlines) when he noticed a still photog taking several pictures of Kanye West. Erik says West rushed the photog and grabbed his camera. A struggle ensued and the still guy was screaming, “Police, help!” Erik says Kanye then took the still camera and threw it on the ground, breaking it into pieces. (Click here to see the video)
Erik then went over to Kanye, his camera rolling, when Kanye’s bodyguard walked up to him, realized Erik was taping, and said, “Give me the camera, give me the camera.” Erik responded that he had a press pass and had a right to shoot. The assistant then grabbed the camera, ripped off the mic and viewfinder and smashed it to the ground.
This is where it gets crazy. The cops asked Erik if he videotaped the incident and Erik said he had. That’s when Kanye lunged toward him and said, “Give me the fu***ng videotape.” Cops had to restrain Kanye as he tried coming at Erik.
Dumb, dumb, and more dumb. Kanye West missed his flight, got arrested, and just posted $20,000 bail for himself and his sidekick. It seems like a wasted day, let him take their stupid photos, and move on. Nuff said.