Kanye West could face felony charges for his alleged attack on a photographer at LAX.
The 36-year-old rapper is said to have flipped out at an "aggressive" paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, leaving him with undetermined injuries and the victim wants to press charges.
"Police will refer the case to the D.A.[District Attorney] as a felony attempted robbery and not a battery case. The routine is to go after the suspect for the most serious charge," according to TMZ.
The photographer continued to ask Kanye questions after he told him not to and Kanye is said to have attempted to punch the man, who then fell to the ground, Samir Chantre, a Brazilian jiujitsu instructor who was returning from a flight from Brazil at the time, witnessed the incident and explained, "Five photographers started shooting pictures of him and one of them was over the microphone and was saying stuff to him.
''[Kanye] seemed like he was getting offended."
UPDATE: Chikezie has been charged with attempted grand theft and misdemeanor identity theft.
Chikezie Eze isn’t smelling so good after being arrested last night in Beverly Hills.
The 10th place finisher from American Idol 7 was attempting to purchase bottles of cologne at Neiman Marcus when his credit card was flagged. Although Eze claims he doesn’t know why the previously unused card warranted a police response, something reportedly “untrue” on the application lead to him being booked for felony identity theft.
Chikezie - who has since been released on $50,000 bail - feels certain that the matter will get cleared up. “I haven’t done anything wrong myself and I’m pretty confident nothing is going to happen,” he told TMZ.
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The mood wasn’t particularly festive in Charlie Sheen‘s household today.
Early Christmas morning, the Two and a Half Men star was arrested by police in Aspen, Colorado on domestic violence-related charges. Authorities responded to a home around 8:30 AM when Brooke Mueller, Charlie’s wife of 2 1/2 years, placed a 911 call.
While the circumstances of the incident are still unclear, the actor was booked for second degree assault and menacing (both felonies) and criminal mischief. The 44-year-old has since been let go from the Pitkin County Jail after posting $8500 bond.
According to Sheen’s publicist, the situation might not be as it seems. “Do not be mislead by appearance. Appearance and reality can be as different as night and day. It would benefit everyone not to jump to any conclusion,” Stan Rosenfield said.
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Shane Sparks, a choreographer best known for his work on So You Think You Dance and his critiques on America’s Best Dance Crew, was arrested earlier today at his California home.
According to the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, the hip hop dance instructor - real name Melvin Sparks - is being accused of child molestation. The incidents, which occurred with one person in their early teens, occurred between 1994-1997. It’s not clear why the events are now coming to light.
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Four months after being released due to lack of evidence, choreographer Alex Da Silva has been rearrested on rape-related offenses…and this time, he’s been slapped with a few charges.
The dance instructor, whose best known for his work on So You Think You Can Dance, was cuffed this morning at his North Hollywood home for crimes allegedly committed against four different women.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, the incidents occurred between 2002 and 2009. The victims - ranging from 20 to 26 in age - had been taking classes with Da Silva. In total, Alex has been charged with eight felonies: four counts of forcible rape, two counts of assault with intent to commit rape and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object.
Da Silva is being held on $6.2 million bail. A conviction on all charges could mean up to life in prison.
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Chris Brown, the R&B singer who allegedly assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna, will find himself in front of a judge this afternoon. Almost two months after the headline-making incident, Brown will enter his plea for two felonies. He’s being charged with assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, and for making criminal threats.
This will be Brown’s second appearance in court to answer to the charges. Last month, Brown and his attorney requested (and received) a postponement. The hearing will now take place this afternoon, behind closed doors.
E! Online will offer a live feed of the proceedings, which will be available beginning at 3pm PT. According to the attorneys involved, Rihanna has been “a cooperating victim” for the prosecution. Currently, she’s staying in Barbados.
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The drama for Rihanna and Chris Brown continues one day after their Grammy Awards cancellations. Here is where things stand at this point:
- The $50,0000 bail Chris posted might not be the only financial hit the singer takes. Although the company has not completely severed ties with the 19-year-old, Wrigley has decided to pull the Doublemint Gum commercials featuring Brown. (Too bad they missed the one that actually aired during the Grammys yesterday.) A company spokesman told Us that they are waiting to see how things play out. “We believe Mr. Brown should be afforded the same due process as any citizen,” the rep explained.
Although it’s been almost a month since he was detained at LAX, Kanye West does not appear he’s about to get past that incident anytime soon.
Back on September 11 (a horrible date for any airport arrest), the musician and his road manager were both arrested for damaging a photographer’s equipment. Although West has since been cleared of a felony charge (he only destroyed a relatively inexpensive lighting component), he could still be slapped with a misdemeanor. (It’s unclear what charges his partner-in-crime might still be dealing with.)
Needless to say, Kanye wasn’t entirely thrilled about being questioned recently by another paparazzo:
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UPDATE: Kanye may now be charged with a misdemeanor instead of a felony.
I’ve always heard that Kanye West knew how to put on a show, and now we have the video to prove it.
The musician and a road manager were arrested this morning after an incident earlier this morning at LAX. According to TMZ, West (in a grey hoodie) for some reason became angry when he saw a still photographer trying to do what he does. Instead of brushing him off, West reached the pap’s $10,000 camera and eventually smashed it into the ground.
When Kanye’s road manager (Don Crowley) realized that another photographer was rolling on the scuffle, he then grabbed that videographer’s camera and broke it too.
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UPDATE: Dick has since pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and marijuana possession
Less Than Perfect. Sounds about right.
At around 1 a.m this morning, comedian Andy Dick was arrested in Murietta, CA after a drunken incident in a parking lot. The former ABC star was outside the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant when he allegedly assaulted a female.
According to the report, the 42-year-old approached two girls and then grabbed the shirt of a 17-year-old. The victim’s breasts were exposed after her tank top and bra were both pulled down.
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