Recording artist Kanye West and his business manager Don Crawley have been charged with vandalism and other charges by the Los Angeles City Attorneyís Office in connection to an altercation with photographers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last year.
The city attorneyís office charged West, 31, with one count of vandalism, one count of
grand theft and one count of battery, city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said. Crawley, 33, has been charged with two counts of vandalism, two counts of grand theft and two counts of battery, Mateljan said.
If they are convicted on all counts, West could face up to two
years and six months in jail and Crawley could face up to five years in jail, Mateljan said.
The charges stem from an incident at Terminal Four at LAX on September 11th, when West and Crawley allegedly confronted and engaged in an altercation with two photographers in the terminal area prior to the security checkpoint.
The incident was caught on a video recording in which Crawley and West were allegedly seen forcefully wrestling a still camera from one of the photographers, Mateljan said. Crawley was seen smashing the camera on the ground and West was also seen
throwing down a camera flash accessory, city attorneys allege.
A video camera was also damaged during the incident, which resulted in minor injuries to one of the photographers, Mateljan said. West and Crawley were arrested and later released by
airport police following the incident.
Arraignment is scheduled Tuesday, April 14th, at the Superior Court Airport Courthouse.