A court commissioner has agreed to drop all charges against Kanye West and his road manager Don Crawley, stemming from for their airport altercation with photographers last year.
Although Kanye West wasn’t present at the court hearing for the charges against him and his manager for battery, vandalism and grand theft from a September 11, 2008 incident, the rapper-producer finally has some good news. In a turn of events in favor of Kanye, West’s lawyer Blair Berk claimed that his client and Crawley were “wildly overcharged,” while Deputy City Attorney Felton Newell argued that West and Crawley had injured one of the photographers and committed a felony. Unfortunately for the paparazzo, the prosecutors filed misdemeanors, instead of felonies.
In exchange for the dropping of charges, the two were asked to complete a court-ordered 50 hours of community service. Berk indicated that the rapper would perform the volunteer hours with the American Red Cross. Berk also added that Kanye had voluntarily completed 12 hours of anger management classes in his efforts to make amends.
West’s attorney also indicated that a civil settlement had been reached with the photographers last month. The photographers even wrote letters to the court saying they were satisfied with the payments they received.
Berk told reporters outside the courthouse, “I’m very pleased that the court granted a dismissal of all the charges.”
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