Kanye arrested in paparazzi scuffle

Sept. 11, 2008 at 1:35 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Hip-hop artist Kanye West was arrested for alleged felony vandalism at Los Angeles International Airport in an altercation with a photographer, TMZ said.

A source told the entertainment news Web site that a photographer was trying to take pictures of West, who apparently objected to being photographed at that time. West allegedly threw the photographer's camera to the ground.

TMZ said Thursday that someone with West allegedly snatched and broke a TMZ camera after the photographer started videotaping the incident.

TMZ also reported that when West realized its crew had videotaped the episode, he rushed the TMZ photographer and yelled, "Give me that (expletive) tape!"

West and the person with him were both arrested, the entertainment news Web site said.

An airport spokesman confirmed to People magazine West and his bodyguard were arrested after an incident involving a photographer and a camera estimated to be worth $10,000. West was arrested for alleged vandalism and his bodyguard was arrested for alleged vandalism and battery, the spokesman said.

People.com said West's publicist had no comment.

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