Kanye West leaves hospital, more than a week after encounter with authorities

Kanye West at the 2016 Met Gala in New York City.
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After more than a week of hospitalization following an encounter with Los Angeles police, rapper Kanye West left UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

It’s unclear whether West was going to one of his homes or another location, the source said.

Little is known about his hospitalization.

It took two hours for authorities and friends to persuade West to go to a hospital after receiving a call that the rapper was acting erratically last week at the residence of his personal trainer, two sources involved in the case said.

Police and paramedics were called to the home around 1:20 p.m. Nov. 21 after a report of some kind of disturbance involving West and someone else in the house. The source said it was a physical altercation but did not provide details.

Authorities talked with West for some time, hoping he would voluntarily seek medical attention. He eventually did, and was taken by paramedics to UCLA Medical Center, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.


The incident comes during a turbulent period for West, who walked off the stage three songs into his Nov. 19 concert in Sacramento and canceled his Nov. 20 performance at the Forum three hours before showtime.

On Nov. 19, West ranted about a few longtime friends and acquaintances, including Jay Z, Beyoncé and Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg.

“I’ve been sent here to give y’all my truth, even at the risk of my own life,” West said. “At the risk of my own success. I’ll give y’all the truth. Jay Z, call me, you still ain’t called me .… Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man.”

During his concert in San Jose, West editorialized about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement before praising President-elect Donald Trump.

West, who is married to Kim Kardashian West, has indicated that he may run for president in 2020.

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