Tuesday 24 April 2018

Kanye West 'handcuffed to stretcher with temporary psychosis' - police sources

Kanye West was not restrained and went freely to hospital, a source said
Kanye West was not restrained and went freely to hospital, a source said

Kanye West was taken to hospital suffering from "temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration", according to celebrity website TMZ.

The musician was reportedly admitted to hospital after police were called to reports of a disturbance on Monday, a day after cancelling his tour.

West's doctor Dr Michael Farzam called the emergency services and warned the rapper would become violent when police arrived to help him, it was reported.

Dr Farzam said his patient's name was "Jim Jones, 39 years old, 5'8", 175 lbs ... suffers from temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration," law enforcement sources told TMZ.

He also reportedly told police West had attempted to assault a staff member at a gym and he had placed West on an involuntary psychiatric hold, known as a 5150, meaning he was handcuffed to the stretcher as he was taken to hospital.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department told the Press Association: "There was no crime involved so there was no police report."

West's mother-in-law Kris Jenner has said the rapper is exhausted due to his gruelling tour.

The LAPD previously confirmed it responded to a report of a disturbance but the incident was deemed a "medical emergency".

A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said: "At 1.20pm, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an unspecified medical aid request in the 900 block of North Laurel Avenue.

"An adult male described as medically stable was taken to an area hospital for assessment."

West's wife Kim Kardashian was expected to appear at the Angel Ball in New York City on Monday but did not attend.

It would have marked her first public appearance since she was robbed in Paris in early October.

Her mother, Jenner, spoke to reporters at the event shortly before news broke about her son-in-law's reported hospital treatment.

Addressing why West had cancelled his tour, Jenner told US TV show Extra: "He's exhausted, he's just really tired. He's had a gruelling tour and it's been a grind so he just needs some rest."

Kardashian was photographed getting off a private jet at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles just hours after West was taken to hospital.

The ball she had been due to attend, to honour her father Robert Kardashian, who died of cancer in 2003, was attended by her sisters Kourtney and Khloe, as well as Jenner.

West, 39, abruptly pulled the plug on his Saint Pablo Tour on Sunday following a series of onstage outbursts in recent days.

A spokesman for the music star confirmed his remaining 21 dates were no longer taking place but no reason was given for the cancellation.

Live Nation said fans with tickets for the cancelled shows would be refunded.

On Saturday, West ended a concert after four songs in Sacramento, California, before cancelling a performance in Los Angeles a day later, just hours before he was due on stage.

His shortened show on Saturday involved a 10-minute rant by West about Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

On Friday, West had told concert-goers that he would have voted for Donald Trump in the US presidential election had he decided to cast a ballot.

Celebrity friends and fans have sent messages of support to the rapper.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1 Xtra's Live Lounge programme on Tuesday, Chance The Rapper said: "I want to extend a very special prayer to my big brother Kanye West.

"I know there's a lot of weird folks out there... I want to just extend this prayer and extend this love from all the way in Britain."

In an interview broadcast on CBS, close friend and singer John Legend said: "We were with Kim actually right before all of that.

"I was concerned about what I saw so hopefully he is getting some rest and some time to figure things out."

On social media, c omedian and actor Marlon Wayans tweeted: " And I hope u all pray for @kanyewest too. He's not just an artist but he's a father, a son a husband and above human. Get well soon."

Musician and model Janelle Monae tweeted: "Praying for Kanye. Praying he has the right energy surrounding him during this time. Sending peace and love."

The Girl Next Door star Emile Hirsch tweeted: "Hey @kanyewest , get better man! People are making jokes right now, but having been there myself, I hope he gets the help he needs."

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