Thursday, September 11, 2008

Kanye West arrested after scuffle at airport

Police say rapper smashed photographer’s $10,000 camera at LAX

LOS ANGELES - Police say they have arrested Kanye West at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of vandalism after an altercation with a photographer.

An airport spokesman says police also arrested West’s bodyguard shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Airport spokesman Marshall Lowe says early reports are that West got into an altercation with a commercial photographer and a camera valued at more than $10,000 was broken.

The celebrity Web site TMZ.com is reporting that West smashed the camera of a photographer in the American Airlines terminal at LAX. TMZ says one of its photographers began videotaping the scene and the bodyguard stopped him and asked for the camera. The bodyguard then grabbed the video camera and threw it to the ground.

The incident happened before West and his bodyguard, who was not identified, cleared a security screening at the airport.

Lowe says police are continuing to interview witnesses and West may be booked later Thursday morning.

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