September 11, 2008
: MediaTakeOut.com has learned that earlier today rapper Kanye West and his assistant were arrested for vandalism. According to TMZ, the platinum selling rapper asked one of the photographers to stop filming him while at LAX airport in Los Anegels. And that’s when things went left.
Here’s how TMZ describes what popped off:
[The Cameraman named Erik] noticed a still photog taking several pictures of Kanye West. Erik says West rushed the photog and grabbed his camera. A struggle ensued and the still guy was screaming, “Police, Help!” Erik says Kanye then took the still camera and threw it on the ground, breaking it into pieces.
Erik then went over to Kanye, his camera rolling, when Kanye’s assistant walked up to him, realized Erik was taping, and said, “Give me the camera, give me the camera.” Erik responded that he had a press pass and had a right to shoot. The assistant then gabbed the camera, ripped off the mic and viewfinder and then grabbed the cam and smashed it to the ground.
Erik says Kanye then tried to leave to board his plane, but cops stopped him before he got to security. The cops then interviewed Erik, the still photog, Kanye and his assistant..
This is where it gets crazy. The cops asked Erik if he videotaped the incident and Erik said he had. That’s when Kanye lunged toward him and said, “Give me the fu***ng videotape.” Cops had to restrain Kanye as he tried coming at Erik.
Kanye and his assistant have reportedly been arrested and booked for vandalism. We’ll post the tape as soon as we can…
Here’s the link to the video