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Kanye West won't face charges in alleged Beverly Hills battery

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No charges will be filed against rapper Kanye West for allegedly punching a person at a Beverly Hills chiropractor's office, the L.A. County district attorney's office said Friday.

The alleged incident occurred Jan. 13 in the 8800 block of Wilshire Boulevard after West's fiancee, Kim Kardashian, entered the office at the same time as the alleged victim.

The alleged victim held the door open for Kardashian,"words were exchanged, and both parties report victim used a racial epithet," the district attorney's office said in a statement.

Kardashian relayed the verbal encounter to West, apparently by cellphone, according to media reports.

West went to the chiropractor's office and shortly afterward, he and Kardashian found the alleged victim in the waiting room.

West punched the person an unknown number of times, according to the district attorney's office. No significant injuries were documented at the time of the initial report, the office said.

The victim's attorney indicated a civil compromise had been reached with West, and although a police report was filed, the victim declined to seek criminal prosecution, the district attorneys office said.

"Further inquiry by this office resulted in the victim, through his attorney, declining to speak with a member of the district attorney's office," authorities said in a statement. "Prosecution is accordingly declined due to victim unavailability."

West pleaded not guilty in November to charges of battery and attempted grand theft in connection with a physical altercation at LAX with a paparazzo.

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