Kanye West Responds to Paparazzi Claims
Mon, 17 Nov 2008 17:18:00
Kanye West has responded to reports that he was arrested and released from police custody Thursday night after a scuffle with a photographer in Newcastle, England. Writing on his blog, West explained, "When I left the club, I was encountered by a thirsty paparazzi as usual. He felt he had more rights to my space than me, so I put my hand up to prevent him from taking my image. I didn't assault him but merely putting my hand up to cover his lens. My security yelled, 'Get the camera off him.' I guess in all the commotion the camera scraped his nose.
"Three hours later," West continued, "I get a knock at my hotel door. There were five police officers in front of my room and I had no idea why. I had my security go speak with them. The cops were very cordial but told me they had to arrest me because a complaint was filed. That was the bogus part. They placed me in handcuffs and drove me to the station. They spoke about how this was obviously a publicity stunt by the photographer but they still had to go through the motions. When I got back to the hotel there were parapazzi hanging over the bridge above the hotel trying to get a shot of me getting out the police van. Even though I wasn't charged, the damage was done."
For the rest of West's post—yes, there's more—check this out.
In other Kanye West news, the rapper/producer has the following tour dates still lined up for 2008:
11/17 Manchester, England - M.E.N. Arena *
11/19 Oberhausen, Germany - Konig Pilsener Arena *
11/20 Paris, France - Bercy
11/21 Brussels, Belgium - Vorst Nationaal *
11/26 Rotterdam, Netherlands - Ahoy *
11/28 Hamburg, Germany - Colorline Arena
12/1 Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
12/2 Wellington, New Zealand - TSB Bank Arena
12/5 Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park
12/6 Sydney, Australia - Acer Arena
12/7 Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
* with Santogold
—The ARTISTdirect Staff