Kanye West charged with battery in airport incident

Rapper Kanye West has complained in the past of his and girlfriend Kim Kardashian's treatment by the paparazzi.

Story highlights

  • Photographer reportedly attacked at LA airport July 19
  • Kanye West is charged
  • Arraignment is scheduled for October 10
  • West to kick off tour in Seattle on October 19

Kanye West faces charges of battery and attempted theft in an altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport, the city attorney's office said Friday.

On July 19, a man flagged down police and said he was taking photos of an "individual" -- as airport police described the suspect in a report at the time -- when the suspect attacked him.

The photographer was taken to a hospital, but his injuries were not specified, airport police said at the time.

A representative for West did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rob Wilcox, spokesman for the city attorney's office, said each of the two charges carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

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Arraignment is scheduled for October 10.

The rapper is scheduled to start a North American tour to promote his new album, "Yeezus," in Seattle on October 19.