Kanye West pleaded no contest Monday (March 17) to misdemeanor battery against a photographer, named Daniel Ramos, at LAX in a special plea in which he maintains his innocence.
While the 36-year-old artist did not attend the hearing, he entered the plea through his attorney. The end result? He was sentenced to two years of probation, 24 anger management therapy sessions and 250 hours of community service.
Reportedly, he did not reach a civil settlement with the photographer, and his plea cannot be used against him in a civil lawsuit.
As previously reported, the altercation between said photog and ‘Ye happened July 2013. Ramos alleges that Kanye punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground during the scuffle. During the hearing, he told the court that the rapper should be in jail and that he was still on medication from the injuries he suffered:
If I did what he did to me, I’d be behind bars. I was doing my job and he broke the law.
Ramos also said he is even more alarmed after watching Kanye’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.
During his interview, Kanye told the late night talk show host,
It’s not safe for you in this zoo. Never think that I’m not from Chicago for one second.
These comments reportedly make the photog fearful of retaliation.
Prosecutors declined to file felony charges against Kanye. However, city prosecutors will pursue misdemeanor charges.
Kanye is no stranger to negative interactions with paparazzi. In 2008, he was involved in a scuffle with photogs inside a LAX terminal. The case was dismissed after he agreed to pay for the photographer’s broken equipment and completed anger management classes.
Totally unrelated to his unfortunate issues with photogs, earlier this year he reached a civil settlement with a man he was accused of assaulting in a Beverly Hills medical office. An 18-year-old man allegedly used a racial slur in an argument with Ye’s fiancee, Kim Kardashian.
No official statement has been released from Kanye’s camp. P.S. Should Kanye’s sentencing have been tougher, given his past issues with photogs or was the judge’s ruling more than fair, considering the circumstances?
[Associated Press, Jimmy Kimmel Live!]