Kanye West Pleads Not Guilty in Assault Case

Kanye West Pleads Not Guilty in Assault Case
Kanye West has pleaded not guilty to the criminal battery and attempted grand theft charges laid against him earlier this year following a scuffle with a paparazzo at Los Angeles's LAX airport.

TMZ reports that West's lawyer Blair Berk entered the not guilty plea earlier this morning (November 7) at a Los Angeles court room on behalf of his client. West was not in attendance, and the move was criticized by photographer Daniel Ramos's lawyer Gloria Allred. You can see her scathing assessment of the no-show here.

As previously reported, West has claimed self-defence, with lawyers noting the rapper's "safety was in immediate danger" when he was approached by Ramos on July 19. While Ramos claims that he suffered a hip injury at the hands of West, the rapper's legal team said that West "responded to this assault by doing only those acts that were reasonably necessary for his self-defence."

Last month, a judge ordered West to stay at least 10 yards away from Ramos, but a request from the prosecution to place West in anger management classes was rejected.

If found guilty, West could face up to a year in prison.