TMZ reports that Kanye West was involved in a physical altercation with a photographer after leaving LAX this afternoon. Apparently a small bunch of paparazzi swarmed West as he left, and one in particular was getting up in West’s face, and things soon turned ugly, with West throwing a few punches. There are images of the two men tussling, and TMZ reports that paramedics arrived on the scene to treat the photographer afterward. (Although, intriguingly, the below pic seems to show the guy smiling as he and West are grappling…that should be interesting when the lawsuit rolls around.)
This is the latest in a string of recent confrontations with the paparazzi for Ye. In October he took a swing at a camera. Earlier this year, he hilariously walked into a street sign while obscuring his face from a couple paps, and then proceeded to chew them out for causing it. After that was the time he (also hilariously) told a photog “Shut up! Don’t ever talk.” Finally, just last Friday, West berated one of TMZ’s
human-shaped cockroaches stringers and lunged at the dude’s camera.
We’re all for yelling at, making fun of, ignoring or otherwise making life difficult for paparazzi, but obviously we don’t condone resorting to violence.