Photographer sues Kanye West over LAX scuffle

A photographer who claims he was attacked by Kanye West at Los Angeles International Airport sued the rapper Wednesday, claiming assault, battery, negligence and violation of his civil rights.

FILE - In a Monday, May 7, 2012 file photo, Kanye West arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit, in New York. West won�t be facing felony charges for allegedly attacking a freelance photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. The Los Angeles County District Attorney�s office declined to prosecute the rapper Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, but said it was referring his case to the City Attorney for misdemeanor consideration. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A photographer who claims he was attacked by Kanye West at Los Angeles International Airport sued the rapper Wednesday, claiming assault, battery, negligence and violation of his civil rights.

Daniel Ramos claimed his right hip was injured when the rapper punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground. Ramos was a member of the paparazzi who staked out at the airport July 19 to snap celebrity photos.

"I told him twice, 'I don't want to fight you,'" Ramos said. "However, he attacked me anyway."

An attorney for West couldn't immediately be located.

Last week, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to file felony assault and attempted robbery charges against West, saying Ramos didn't have a significant injury.

The city attorney's office was considering whether to file misdemeanor charges.
Associated Press
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