Could Kanye West be headed for jail? The 36-year-old musician and new dad has been named a suspect in an "attempted robbery" case that took place at the airport in Los Angeles on Friday. A conviction would make Kayne a felon -- though of course he'd have to be arrested and tried first.
And as serious as the potential charges sound, it's not as bad as you might think -- and it sounds like law enforcement officials might be acting a bit over-zealous here.
Here's how the incident went down:
Apparently Kanye was at LAX airport on Friday when a photographer tried to take his picture. Some kind of scuffle ensued, during which Kanye allegedly tried to take the photographer's camera away (that's the felony attempted robbery part). In the course of this, Kanye also apparently got physical with the photographer, who cops are referring to as "the victim," and who suffered some injuries during the attack, which according to TMZ was "vicious."
The photographer wants to press charges so it looks the police will send the case over to the district attorney as a felony attempted robbery rather than a battery case, which is usually the norm for these types of incidents. But here, they are going to go after "the suspect" (Kanye) for the most serious charge. This means the D.A. would have to give evidence that Kanye was actually trying to steal the camera.
Despite the fact that there are so few details, it's pretty easy to sum up what might have happened in layman's terms: Paparazzi get in a hotheaded celebrity's face. Celebrity is fed up with the constant picture-taking and lack of privacy and tries to grab camcorder away from one of the photographers. During the "grabbing," things get a little physical, maybe even more physical than the celebrity intended. In this case, paramedics rushed to the scene, and the photographer was taken to the hospital. The photographer decides to press charges. (His condition is unknown.)
In this case, we don't have to rely on conjecture -- we've got something better. The entire thing was captured on video, which may or may not have been edited:
After watching the video, what do you think? Is Kanye guilty of attempted robbery?
Image via TMZ