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Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Arrest of Kanye West

Wake up Mr. West! It's not often you hear news of rapper Kanye West being arrested, but the backpack hip hop star managed to do it several days ago. and Myspace were quick to provide video footage of Kanye's rampage which involved an American Airlines terminal, a still photographer, utter chaos and a smashed camera. It lead to a Kanye arrest charge for vandalism and also an arrest of Kanye's bodyguard. The chaotic incident happened while Kanye was en route to Honololu for a nice getaway, or something like that.

More details about the arrest from TMZ:

Erik says he was at Terminal 4 (American Airlines) when he noticed a still photog taking several pictures of Kanye West. Erik says West rushed the photog and grabbed his camera. A struggle ensued and the still guy was screaming, "Police, help!" Erik says Kanye then took the still camera and threw it on the ground, breaking it into pieces. (Click here to see the video)

Erik then went over to Kanye, his camera rolling, when Kanye's bodyguard walked up to him, realized Erik was taping, and said, "Give me the camera, give me the camera." Erik responded that he had a press pass and had a right to shoot. The assistant then grabbed the camera, ripped off the mic and viewfinder and smashed it to the ground.

Erik says Kanye then tried to leave to board his plane, but cops stopped him before he got to security. The cops then interviewed Erik, the still photog, Kanye and his assistant.

This is where it gets crazy. The cops asked Erik if he videotaped the incident and Erik said he had. That's when Kanye lunged toward him and said, "Give me the fu***ng videotape." Cops had to restrain Kanye as he tried coming at Erik.

See the video of the incident at

Not long ago Kanye was crooning an R&B/soulful style song at the MTV VMA's called "Love Lockdown", and then almost found himself on lockdown. It's been said by others that arrests will definitely propel rap record sales, but is a paparazzi-fueled vandalism charge gonna do it?

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