*Uh, Kanye West might want you to ignore that headlock in the photo above.
‘Memba the video that showed Kanye scuffling with a photographer who tried to take his picture as he walked towards the exit of the Arrivals section at LAX last July? Well, he was formally charged earlier this month with one count of criminal battery and attempted grand theft. TMZ reports that if West is found guilty of the charges, he could face a maximum of one year in prison.
Now the hip hop icon, who continues to demonstrate that humility is nowhere in his DNA ( “I’m the No. 1 rock star on the planet”) has counter-filed papers that state he acted in “self defense.”
In the aforementioned video, recorded by Daniel Ramos, the photographer involved in the altercation with West, we hear the pap aggressively pursuing the rapper in an attempt to get him to talk. Moments later West appears to lunge at Ramos and overtake him in an attempt to retrieve his camera equipment.
The documents filed in court by the ‘New Slaves’ rapper state that it was Ramos who “willfully and wrongfully caused [West] to reasonably believe his safety was in danger,” and moreso, alleges that the hip hop star did only what was “necessary for his self-defense and safety and was justified in doing those acts.”
“He didn’t hurt the pap,” a source close to West told Us Weekly at the time. “They were just heckling him as usual. Kanye went to grab the camera and the guy fell being so dramatic.”
An arraignment is scheduled for October 10
Here’s the video of the incident that prompted it all: