According to L.A. Now, West is the focus of an LAPD battery investigation after he allegedly put the hurt on a paparazo whose whose insistent questioning of the rapper appears in video from the victim's point of view obtained by TMZ.
In the video, after nonstop chatter by the unknown photographer, who was part of a crowd of paparazzi, a hoodie-clad West can be seen approaching the man and saying, "What you're trying to do is get me in trouble, so I step out and have to pay you too much attention."
After that the camera shot goes wacky, as if its operator were being manhandled in some way. A second video obtained by TMZ shows the scene from another angle, with West appearing to wrestle the man to the ground for his camera and then walking away in disgust after the two are told to stop it.
West's white car can be seen pulling away at the end of both tapes.
Paramedics were called to the scene about 2 p.m. after the man claimed he was hurt, L.A. Now reported, but sources said there were no immediate or visible signs of injury. Police said the man had been knocked to the ground. An arriving passenger told The Times that onlookers got the two apart.
Remember, West is the same guy who only a week ago told photographers to zip it completely in his presence — and beyond.
"Don't talk to me at all," West told a TMZ cameraman at the same airport last Friday, "and don't talk to anyone I know at all, and tell everybody, 'Never talk to anyone that anyone knows. Don’t talk to themselves. Don't talk ever again.'"
Kind of a tall order, there. One the photographers seemed in no hurry to obey.