Eight months after he was arrested following an which altercation with paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport, [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Los Angeles court to misdemeanor vandalism, battery and grand theft. According to People magazine, West, 31, was not present in court, but his lawyer, Blair Berk, entered the plea on his behalf.
Also pleading not guilty in the case was West's road manager, Don "Don C" Crowley, 33, who was charged with two counts of the same three crimes. The incident, took place at LAX on September 11, 2008, resulted in the arrests of both men. While attempting to catch a flight to Hawaii, West and Crowley were confronted by a TMZ crew. Video of the incident shows both men wrestling a camera (said to be worth $10,000 ) from a photographer. Crowley appears to throw the camera on the ground and West is seen smashing the flash. Crowley also allegedly broke a second photographer's camera.
Both men were initially charged with felony vandalism due to the cost of the equipment that was alleged to have been damaged in the incident, but those charges were soon dropped. If convicted on the current misdemeanor counts, West could face up to two and a half years in jail, while Crowley could face up to five years.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for July 15.