[artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] was charged with three misdemeanor counts Wednesday (March 18) stemming from an alleged airport altercation with paparazzi in September, according to the Los Angeles Times.
West was cleared of all charges last year by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Six months after the rapper’s dustup with TMZ photographers, however, the Los Angeles city attorney hit West with new charges, including vandalism, battery and grand theft. The DA’s office initially pursued felony charges against West before dropping everything.
In September, West and his road manager, Don “Don C.” Crowley, were involved in a scuffle with TMZ photographers while waiting for a flight to Honolulu. While walking through the terminal, West and Crowley were met by a photographer and videographer for the gossip site who captured the rapper on camera. An altercation ensued between the four men, and video posted on TMZ.com at the time showed West grabbing a camera and throwing it to the ground, smashing it.
Crowley also engaged in a scuffle with a photographer and threw a camera to the ground. Crowley has been charged with two counts of vandalism, two counts of grand theft and two counts of battery. If convicted on all counts, West could face up to two years and six months in jail, while Crowley could face up to five years in jail.
West blogged about the incident after being cleared, claiming he doesn’t have a problem with the paparazzi but that the particular photographer crossed the line.
“I’m cool with the paparazzi,” he wrote. “This guy wasn’t cool. I gotta work now. … I’ll rant later!”
[This story was originally published at 2:51 p.m. ET on 03.09.2009]