Kanye West has been named a suspect in a police investigation after an incident captured on camera showed him confronting a woman for following him to photograph him.
According to TMZ, the rapper — who was believed to be leaving his daughter, North’s basketball game — thought he was being followed by a female paparazzi. Although it was not confirmed whether the bystander was a hired cameraman, Ye could be seen approaching the woman’s car where he confronted her.
“You didn’t have to run up on me like that,” said Ye as the woman filmed from inside of her vehicle.
“I wasn’t running. I wasn’t running – but Kanye you’re a celebrity,” the woman responded. To which Kanye doubled down, “If I say stop, stop with your cameras!”
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As the two continued to argue, a passenger in the car recorded Kanye reaching into the woman’s vehicle and snatching her phone before throwing it into the street. Law enforcement from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department reportedly arrived on the scene around 4:30 PM, where they were provided with the video clip as evidence.
In a separate run-in with paparazzi on the same day, Ye explained that he felt his “human rights” were being violated by professional photographers on a regular basis. “Do you want me to be running up on your kid’s games like that?” Ye questioned a paparazzi, who replied “Aye bro, what do you want me to do? Everybody is here. Dude, you know how it is every week, bro.”
In a continued plea to respect his privacy, Ye responded, “I want to just see my kids without you photographing me.” When asked how he’d like paparazzi to interact with him in public, the fashion-mogul proceeded, saying “It’s called human rights.”
This latest encounter is one of many where Ye has found himself at odds with paparazzi. The Donda rapper recently shared that a series of encounters with celebrity photographers contributed to his mental decline, leading him to start taking medication.
“Do you know the first time I ever took medication, why it was? Because I got mad at paparazzi,” he disclosed to paparazzi, while leaving a tanning salon in Los Angeles on Tuesday (January 24). “You know which paparazzi it was? The same one that shot Britney [Spears]. My dad did photography for newspapers. It has to be some kind of balance, some kind of conversation.”
He added: “I can’t live in California in my life like I’m some type of caged animal to be judged in front of glass.”
The Chicago native made headlines earlier this month when he and Yeezy architect, Bianca Censori were secretly wed in an intimate ceremony in Beverly Hills, California two months after he finalized his divorce with Kim Kardashian. The pair were together for seven years and share four children together: North, 9, Saint, 7, Chicago, 4, and Psalm, 3.
The divorce settlement left Kanye West responsible for paying 50 percent of their kids’ tuition and educational expenses, as well as covering half of the expense for their security details.
Both parties waived spousal support in their prenup, but if there are ever any disagreements over matters involving the kids, Kim and Kanye agreed to legal mediation.
If one of them doesn’t show up, the other will have full power in the decision-making.