On July 19, 2013 Kanye West’s temper landed him in trouble, again. West made headlines when he assaulted paparazzi photographer, Daniel Ramos, outside of the Los Angeles International Airport terminal. Ramos approached West, shouting “Kanye! Kanye! Talk to me, Kanye! Now come on, Kanye, I don’t want to fight with you”. West was obviously not in the mood for interviews or taking photos and angrily replied “I told you, don’t talk to me, right. You’re trying to get me in trouble so I step off and have to pay you like $250,000”. Maybe West felt his words were not enough or Ramos was hard of hearing. Whatever the reason, West lost control of his temper and attacked Ramos. He tried to wrestle the camera from his hands. The scuffle lasted for approximately 15 seconds. Ramos’ attorney, Gloria Allred, filed a civil suit against West.
On Monday West’s lawyer entered a no contest plea, which is similar to a guilty plea for purposes of sentencing. Since the assault was caught on camera, West would’ve had to face a tough trial and the possibility of jail time, unless he accepted a plea deal from the prosecutors. The deal dropped the charges to a misdemeanor and West did not have to appear in court. Judge Alan Rubin sentenced West to serve two years probation for the misdemeanor battery conviction. He must attend 24 anger management sessions, perform 250 hours of community service, and pay restitution to the victim. Ramos was highly disappointed with the outcome. He hoped that West would get some jail time for the assault and stated “I simply asked him a question, and I didn’t use any vulgar language. I was only doing my job, and he broke the law. I believe that if I did what he did to me, I would have been put behind bars”. Rubin stated he will review the community service to make sure West does not receive special treatment under no circumstances. Do you think Rubin’s ruling was fair?