Kanye West Strikes Plea Deal in Battery Case

Kanye West

Kanye West Strikes Plea Deal in Battery Case

Hip hop star sentenced to probation and one day in jail over pap attack.

Published March 17, 2014

Kanye West copped a plea deal that will keep him from going to trial for attacking a photographer at LAX last July. 

West, 36, appeared in a Los Angeles County courtroom Monday afternoon (March 17) where he pleaded "no contest" to misdemeanor battery over a physical run-in with pap Daniel Ramos. He was sentenced to anger management, community service, a day in jail (which requires that he be booked and released immediately after) and 24 months of probation.

The Chicago MC will continue to stay at least 100 yards from Ramos, perform 250 hours of community service and partake in a month of one-on-one therapy sessions to deal with his anger. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the grand theft charge brought on by his attempt to wrestle a camera from Ramos.  

Judge Alan Rubin allowed cameras in the courtroom, refusing to "put limitations on the media" when West's attorney asked that he not be filmed. Although 'Ye let his lawyer do the talking, Ramos took an opportunity to address the court directly. "Your honor, I feel that Kanye West should be sent to jail for his attack on me at LAX airport," he said, explaining that he was simply doing his job "as a professional videographer" by snapping shots of the West. 

Next, Ramos implied that West was getting preferential treatment. "I believe that if I did what he did to me I would have been put behind bars," he asserted. "I simply asked him a question, and I didn't use any vulgar language. In fact, I gave him a compliment and told him that he was cool."

Several months after the confrontation, Ramos said he has been "suffering" thanks to Yeezy. Besides taking medication to deal with a hip injury allegedly brought on by West, the pap said that the altercation caused him "mental and emotional pain." 

Later in his statement, he accused the G.O.O.D. Music honcho of using him for publicity and secretly threatening him when he warned "It's not safe for you in this zoo" during a Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview. "I strongly feel that Kanye West might retaliate on me," said Ramos. "The evidence of his attack on me was clear, it was caught on video. I also feel that Kanye West used me and attacked me in order to promote his new Yeezus album that he released a month before he attacked me."

He added that West "needs to be stopped before he hurts someone else." 

Despite some of Ramos' allegations, Judge Rubin made it clear that West "is not getting any kind of special treatment" and that he will neither be "punished or aided by his celebrity status." As an example of how he intends to monitor West, Rubin added that the "New Slaves" rapper is required to get his approval on community service activities.

Ramos has filed a civil suit against West as well. Rubin set a July 17 date to "determine restitution" in the case.   

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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