Prosecutors Want To Include "Prior Bad Acts" As Evidence In Battery Case Against Kanye West

Prosecutors in a case against Kanye West for misdemeanor battery charges want to include similar run-ins with paparazzi as evidence to be presented to jurors.

While Kanye West has long been the object of media fascination, his recent altercations with photojournalists have often quickly soured and turned violent. Now, after a series of other aggressive interactions with paparazzi, West will be arraigned on October 10 for misdemeanor criminal battery and attempted grand theft stemming from a July 19 altercation with a photographer at LAX airport in Los Angeles. That incident, which was filmed and made available by TMZ and other news outlets, resulted in the photographer’s pressing charges for injuries and property damage.

According to a recent report by TMZ, prosecutors in that case are currently requesting permission from a judge to include relevant “prior bad acts” as evidence to be presented to the case’s jurors. Under a California statute, “prior bad acts” may be included as evidence in order “to show motive, plan, intent [or] lack of mistake” per an article written by attorney Vincent Dicarlo for professional legal website FindLaw. The same article notes that despite “evidence…[being] extremely harmful to one party’s case does not necessarily make it prejudicial.” The same statute was widely publicized for its possible relevance in the 2007 murder trial against music producer Phil Spector.

If the judge permits that the law is relevant to this case, West’s previous altercations with paparazzi, some of which can be seen below, will likely be on full display as proof that he has acted in a similarly violent manner in other such instances. While there are a number of examples to point towards, the prosecutors will likely begin with a series of confrontations that date back more than five years to a 2008 incident in which West was arrested for a physical altercation with a photographer that also took place at LAX.

Earlier this year West’s string of publicized confrontations with paparazzi was set off by his lashing out at photographers following him after he walked into a street sign.

In July, West yelled at a photographer at LAX for invading his personal space after asking him not to speak.

Most recently, West confronted photographers that awaited him outside his house in his driveway while he and girlfriend Kim Kardashian entered a vehicle. West yelled at the photographer who asked him about his recent feud with late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. "Shut the fuck up," West says. "It's 4am, you blood-sucking mosquito. You want me to be standing out in front of your house at 4am?" 

In a recent interview with the BBC, West publicly demeaned the paparazzi claiming it "used to be a sexy profession." He also expressed an interest in influencing a change in the set of laws that govern the practice. "It just needs to be legalized...[Give it] publishing because they're selling our image and they're selling it in a bad way."

Related: Kanye West Confronts Paparazzi In His Driveway


  • Anonymous

    Ahahaha, idiot, there is a sign there pal

  • Anonymous

    Reality? When supermarket tabloids become respected journalism. From The Golden Globe, National Enquirer to TMZ & Mediatakeout. But the Associated Press, Jet Magazine, Essence, and others have no problem at all securing press pictures w/o the f*cksh!t.

  • Rap Fan

    You go against the powers to be and they will find a way to put you behind bars. Just wait and watch.

  • Anonymous

    "Girlfriend is Kim Kardashian" She's technically married lol

    • Anonymous

      "Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries divorce finalized A Los Angeles judge completed the split between the reality star and her former husband, ending a prolonged legal battle over their 72-day marriage."-NYDailyNews, June 4, 2013 ^ as usual, you don't know sh*t but quick to say something lol

  • Anonymous

    He's playing right into these paparrazi guys hands when he loses his temper. Grow up.

  • Anonymous

    they are probably going to make a restraining order then the papparazzi guy is going to come up to kanye and start asking him questions as he walks to his car......and then every gonna be like WTF????!!???

  • Anonymous

    ahah banged his head like a moron

  • Anonymous

    do we really need all of this i mean we got it on tape....

  • Anonymous

    poor kayne, he is just not that intelligent he was never a good rapper great producer though he got melodic ability just use the latter and just the f up about yr paparazzi trauma and wanting design leather jogging pants with Fendi f-ing moron

    • Jesse

      Haha you Kanye haters just can't win. It's people like the 3rd response that always make yo asses go quiet.

    • Anonymous

      lol, JRich murked you pudding face

    • JRich

      4th anon just mad his mom didn't buy him the right flavor snack packs, salty lil fucker. Hating's a disease

    • Anonymous

      - no one thinks hes a genius - dating a fame whore slut isnt anything to brag about - doesnt have anywhere near 100 million dollars - performed for a fucking dictator for millions of dollars while making songs like new slaves and black skinhead, fucking hypocrite

    • Anonymous

      Kanye West -Regarded as a genius -Girlfriend is Kim Kardashian -Has 100 million dollars -Best friend is Jay-Z -Has 6 platinum albums and 1 gold -Has his own Label -Has been acknowledged by 2 U.S. presidents -Performed for Kazakstan's president -Did songs with Adam Levine, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Chris Martin, Elton John, Daft Punk, Beyonce, J. Cole, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, T.I., Rihanna, Nicki Minaj you're right man, he just isn't that smart

    • Anonymous

      I'm sure he cares what you write.

    • cjrocker

      Man God bless the internet, letting people be little bitches and get away with it

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