Kanye West, Chris Brown get new court rulings
Monday was a busy day in the Los Angeles County court system for oft-embattled musicians.
Kanye West reached a no-contest plea deal over a July 19 tussle with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. West had previously pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of criminal battery and attempted grand theft in the incident, in which he allegedly attacked paparazzo photographer Danny Ramos.
The incident, which was caught on film, showed West angrily encountering a group of photographers, putting Ramos in a headlock and wrestling him to the ground.
West agreed to two years’ probation in exchange for the attempted grand theft charges being dropped. West also must complete 250 hours of community service, finish 24 anger management classes and stay at least 100 yards away from Ramos.
Ramos disagreed with the sentence. “I feel that Kayne West should be sent to jail for his attack on me,” he said. “I believe that if I did what he did to me, I would have been put behind bars.”
Each of the original counts carried a potential maximum of six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
L.A. County prosectutors had earlier declined to file charges stemming from a separate incident in which West struck a man who used a racial epithet against him and his wife, Kim Kardashian, at a Beverly Hills chiropractor’s office. The matter was resolved after West reached a civil compromise with the alleged victim.
Chris Brown, on the other hand, may be spending more time behind bars.
An L.A. County judge denied Brown bail until a hearing April 23 to determine whether the R&B singer has violated his probation.
Brown was arrested Friday after being kicked out of a Malibu rehab program. Judge James Brandlin described a range of incidents there, including Brown’s failure to take a drug test, inappropriate touching of a woman and making threats during a therapy session.
Mark Geragos, Brown’s attorney, denied all charges against his client and asked that Brown be released so he could attend a separate court hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 17 stemming from another misdemeanor assault charge.
In November, Brown was ordered to go through 90 days of anger management treatment and drug rehab and perform community service at a live-in facility.
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