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Friday 19 September 2014

Police probe rapper airport scuffle

Published 20/07/2013 | 02:42

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Kanye West allegedly got into a scuffle with a cameraman at Los Angeles International Airport (AP/Brad Barket)

Police are investigating a scuffle between rapper Kanye West and a cameraman at Los Angeles International Airport, where paparazzi are known to lurk in the hope of snapping celebrities.

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Sgt Steve Savala of LAX Police said witnesses were being interviewed about Friday's incident to compile a report for detectives.

TMZ posted a video of the alleged incident, showing West being thronged by cameras while trying to get into a waiting white Mercedes.

As flashbulbs illuminate his face, West accuses the paparazzi of trying to provoke him "so I have to pay you, like, 250,000 dollars". He then lunges at a photographer's camera and tries to wrestle it away.

A police officer tells them to break it up before West is chauffeured away.

West has had similar run-ins with paparazzi at the Los Angeles airport before, trading barbs with photographers who follow his every move.

The rapper's critically beloved album Yeezus debuted at No 1 on the Billboard 200 charts last month, but sales have dropped off in the weeks since.

West's other recent debut - his daughter, North, with reality television star Kim Kardashian - was one month old this week.

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