A paparazzo said in court Monday he was “only doing his job” when he was forced to the ground in a headlock by Kanye West last summer at Los Angeles International Airport.
Photographer Bobby Ramos said he was still suffering physically and emotionally from the caught-on-video altercation.
“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.”
Kanye West received two years’ probation and was ordered to take anger management classes Monday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery.
The 36-year-old rapper was not in court Monday but entered his plea through attorney Blair Berk.
Attorney Gloria Allred told reporters after the hearing that she believed the sentence was “not sufficient.” She said she was still “vigorously” litigating the civil suit Ramos filed against West in August.
West had pleaded not guilty in November to the misdemeanor charges of criminal battery and attempted grand theft in connection with the July 19 scuffle.
The grand theft charge was dropped in exchange for the plea. Each of the counts carried a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
West also was ordered to complete 250 hours of approved community service, attend 24 anger management sessions and stay 100 yards away from Ramos.
He was ordered to pay restitution to Ramos, the sum to be determined at a later court hearing.
The altercation between West and Ramos was caught on video, which showed the rapper heading to a car at the airport when he stopped and got into an argument with one of the numerous photographers there. West was then seen putting the photographer in a headlock and forcing him to the ground.
After reviewing the case, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file charges and passed it to the L.A. city attorney’s office, which charged West with the lesser misdemeanor counts.
Earlier this year, L.A. County prosecutors declined to file charges against West for allegedly punching a man at a Beverly Hills chiropractor’s office after the rapper reached a civil compromise with the alleged victim.
West allegedly punched the man after he “used a racial epithet” at West’s fiancee, Kim Kardashian, as she entered the Wilshire Boulevard office.
Although a police report was filed, the victim declined to seek criminal prosecution, the L.A. County district attorney’s office said.