Kanye West will not face felony charges in connection with his scuffle with paparazzi at Los Angeles airport earlier this month, according to TMZ. The site reported that Don Crowley, West’s road manager, will not face felony charges either, and said the case has been sent to the L.A. city attorney, where it hasn’t been decided whether anyone will be charged with a misdemeanor.
Earlier this month, MTV News reported that West could avoid felony charges due to a quirk in California law. At the time, Crowley could have been charged with a felony because he wrestled with two paparazzi and smashed the men’s expensive cameras. West destroyed one shooter’s lighting rig, which was worth just $100.
Meanwhile, Crowley had his hands on the camera, which is worth more than $1,400, as well as a video camera belonging to TMZ that was reportedly valued at $7,000. California law states that someone who criminally damages property worth more than $400 can be prosecuted for felony vandalism. TMZ speculated that the charges for West could be lowered to a misdemeanor, while Crowley might still face felony counts.
After posting $20,000 bail and being released from jail, West blogged about the incident, saying, “We back in the lab!!! I’m cool with the paparazzi. This guy wasn’t cool. I gotta work now.” West was reportedly in Hawaii the next day working on his upcoming album, 808s and Heartbreak. The rapper has since bumped up its release date to “November something.”