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Kanye West arrested at LAX

September 11, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Kanye West's notoriously fickle temper boiled over Thursday, resulting in his arrest for apparently helping smash a paparazzo's camera on the floor at Los Angeles International Airport. Kanye West -- under arrest! He and his manager were taken into police custody Thursday following a confrontation at Los Angeles International Airport that was caught on tape. The captured video starts during the scuffle. It doesn't show how the incident began or why it may have gotten to this point.

The incident took place in Terminal 4 at LAX near the security checkpoint before 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Rap star Kanye West and his manager, Don Crowley, were planning to fly to Hawaii. Instead, they were arrested and booked on suspicion of felony vandalism and taken to a police facility in Culver City.

While TMZ rolled, the video shows West and Crowley grabbing a paparazzo's camera, and Crowley smashing it to the ground and West slamming down a flash.

An LAX spokesman said police interviewed witnesses before the two were booked. And when they were released, the cameras were waiting.

West and Crowley were arrested and booked on suspicion of felony vandalism at the Los Angeles Police Department in Culver City. The two posted bail and they were released. They left the station in a black SUV with blacked out windows.

West retained Blair Berk as his attorney. Berk has also represented Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. Berk said she could not comment on the incident.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, released a statement about the Kanye West scuffle:

"West is looked up to by countless young Blacks. He is, in a sense, a leader a role model. Engaging in a thuggish behavior belies that role. West should publicly apologize."

So far Kanye West has not made any public comments following the altercation. The scuffle unfolded in Terminal 4, as West and his road manager were about to board a flight to Hawaii.

 

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