*The deposition from Kanye West’s paparazzi assault case has leaked online and it’s an instant classic — full of the rapper’s usual bravado, but toward a bunch of lawyers instead of concert crowds.
TMZ nabbed a copy of the transcript concerning photographer Daniel Ramos’ claims that he was assaulted by Yeezy at LAX airport last summer.
The star is quoted as telling the pap’s lawyer Nate Goldberg: “I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever f***ing dealt with. I’m not Britney Spears.”
Goldberg then recited a lyric from Kayne’s song “Flashing Lights,” which read: “Till I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these ni**as got me.” West interrupts and says: “You have to ask for a hall pass. You can’t just say the ‘n’ word around me. It offends me because you’re a white person saying ‘ni**a.'”
Kim Kardashian’s husband then says he believes there are similarities between blacks fighting for civil rights in the 1960s and celebs fighting for their rights today, stating: “I mean in the ’60s people used to hold up ‘Die N****r’ signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also.”
Goldberg then asks if he equates the past struggle of black people to those in the public eye today. Ye replies: “Yes, 100 … I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities.”
Kanye goes on: “We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this – guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check.”
Asked in the deposition where he lives, he simply responds: “Earth.”
West was sentenced to two years probation, 250 hours community service and was ordered to attend anger management sessions after entering a no contest plea to a misdemeanor count of battery against the snapper.