Police Investigating Kanye West For Battery

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LOS ANGELES -- Kanye West told photographers not to talk to him.

He told them that on July 12 when he was walking through LAX and the cameras were in his face. And on Friday, he got ticked off again at LAX.

"Can we talk to you Kanye?" says one of the videographers in a TMZ video. "What's going on, man?"

Kanye glares back, clearly not happy as he's walking out the door of the airport.

"What's going on, man? ... You're a cool guy. ... Why can't we talk to you?" the cameraman continues, as Kanye walks on, jaw clenched. And just as Kanye is about to get in a car, he stops and turns to look at the guy.

"Kanye, c'mon. I don't want to fight with you," says the videographer. Silent Kanye walks toward him, the cameraman says, "Dude, seriously. I don't want to fight with you."

Replies Kanye, "You're trying to get me in trouble ... so I'll have to pay you, like, $250,000."

Kanye then lunges at the camera.

TMZ reports that the cameraman was taken to the hospital. Kanye could be facing felony charges, based on the photographer claiming Kanye was trying to rob him of his camera.

The Los Angeles Times reports that sources said no injuries were visible on the photographer, but that a battery investigation has been launched by LAPD.

E! News says a police statement confirms the investigation is taking place, and that the photographer hurt his hip.

And AP reports that LAX police Sgt. Steve Savala said numerous witnesses were interviewed about the afternoon incident to compile a report for detectives to investigate.

USA TODAY

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