Posted on Thu Sep 11, 2008 09:52 AM PDT
X17 has confirmed that Kayne West was arrested at LA International Airport for shoving a photographer.
Apparently the photog snapped and so did Kayne!
We're awaiting details for the LAX police department, but so far, they've confirmed to X17online that Kayne AND his assistant were both arrested. Stay tuned ...
UPDATE - A STATEMENT FROM THE LAX POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Shortly before 8 am this morning in Terminal 4 outside of passenger security screening, Kanye West was arrested by Airport Police on charges of felony vandalism. A man traveling with him (earlier described as his road manager and now being described as body guard) also was arrested on charges of felony vandalism and battery. Initial reports are that this involves a commercial photographer (paparazzi) and camera valued over $10,000. Several witnesses are being interviewed by Airport Police. West and the other man are currently in custody with Airport Police and is expected to be transported to LAPD Pacific Division where he is expected to be booked.
UPDATE #2 - Kanye's en route to the Pacific Division where he's expected to be booked and charged with felony vandalism.
Sgt Probst of the Pacific Division gave us this humorous explanation of what will happen next, to Kayne:
"He's got about a million billion dollars, so he'll probably bail out. I doubt he wants a jail burrito for dinner."
Ha! We love Probst for having a sense of humor -- on the other hand, Kayne's action aren't so funny ... apparently the photog suffered at least $10,000 in equipment damage - yikes!
UPDATE #3 - this is what the PD say is their final statement:
Entertainer Kanye West and Don Crowley, his road manager and body guard, were arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, today by Los Angeles World Airports Police following an altercation with two members of the paparazzi. The incident occurred at 7:51 a.m.
West and Crowley were at Terminal 4 to depart on a flight to Honolulu. In the public area prior to passenger screening, they were met by a photographer and videographer who were taking their photos. An altercation ensued between the two cameramen, West and Crowley.
The cameras of the paparazzi were damaged in the altercation.
West and Crowley were taken into custody, each charged with felony vandalism. Airport Police had initially received the call as also involving a potential battery. However, following initial investigation, it was determined that no battery occurred.
Both men have been transported to Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division for booking.
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