Kanye West had a slight altercation with a “papparazzo” at the airport a short while ago and although the district attorney declined to press any assault charges, a civil lawsuit against the outspoken rapper has in fact ensued. Guess who is representing the “victim?” You guessed it, Gloria Allred.
The victim claims that Kanye assaulted him and, as a result, he was on crutches for a significant time and now has to use a cane to walk. You can see him giving a tearful and overly dramatic statement on You Tube that quite honestly, made me laugh. I had the fortune of being on Studio B with Shep Smith on Fox National today to discuss the case and we both had a hard time keeping a straight face.
>Here is my take – if you are the paparazzi or a paparazzo you assume a certain amount of risk that you are going to anger the celebrity you are trying to take a picture of. You see, in America, we do not take kindly to people invading our space and shoving a camera or microphone in our faces. However, that does not mean that if someone does that you are entitled to physically assault them, Kanye. In fact, I find it interesting that Kanye even called the guy out and told him that he was just antagonizing Kanye to get him angry and that Kanye did get angry. Seriously? Kanye, Kanye, Kanye
There are movements to get the legislature to enact laws to protect the celebrities from the paparazzi which seemed to have started with the unfortunate and tragic death of Princess Diana. As such, I can definitely see Kanye take this matter to trial in order to make a statement and perhaps convince a jury that the paparazzi cannot continue to invade a person's personal space. After all, do you really think that Kanye cares about “bad press?” I think he would gladly be the flag bearer for this relevant and timely issue.