Kanye West Strikes Plea Deal in Paparazzi Attack, Sentenced to Probation & Therapy
Kanye West pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery in his paparazzi attack case on Monday. He was placed on 24 months of probation, assigned 250 hours of community service, and will need to attend anger management therapy.
West will also be booked into jail for a single day to count as time served, a standard practice for first-time offenders. A grand theft charge against West was dismissed in exchange for the plea.
The photographer, Daniel Ramos, asked the court to send West to jail, claiming that he was only doing his job when he questioned the rapper at LAX airport in Los Angeles last July, and that he’s still suffering with pain and fear of retaliation.
Ramos said that West attacked him to help promote his new Yeezus album, and that the performer needs to be stopped before he hurts someone else. West will be mandated to pay for the damage to Ramos’ equipment and his medical bills, and agreed to stay away 100 yards away from Ramos in the future.
A restitution and community service hearing will be held on July 17, with a progress report scheduled for September 17. West did not appear in court for the proceedings.