Kanye West Charged With Criminal Battery Over Photographer LAX Attack

Celebrity News Sep. 13, 2013 AT 7:45PM
Kanye West Kanye West was formally charged with criminal battery for his July 19 scuffle with a photographer. Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Kanye West's temper has landed him in hot water once more. The Yeezus rapper has been formerly charged with one count of criminal battery and attempted grand theft following a July 19 altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport, TMZ reports.

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According to the site, the photographer -- who was taken to the hospital after the incident -- had hired notorious attorney Gloria Allred to represent him in the case against West, 36, alleging that he was injured in the sidewalk scuffle.

If found guilty of the charges, West could face a maximum of one year in prison, the site reports.

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On July 19, the rapper was by the Tom Bradley International Terminal arrivals exit when he allegedly tried to steal a photographer's camera after a group of paparazzi started snapping photos.

"Kanye is fine," a source close to West told Us at the time. "He didn't hurt the pap. They were just heckling him as usual. Kanye went to grab the camera and the guy fell being so dramatic."

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The rapper and new dad, to 4-month-old daughter North, will be arraigned on Oct. 10.

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