You have respect for the people that you’re photographing,” West told the French paparazzi. “You also take time off at eight o’clock. You’re not around people’s houses. I just really appreciate and respect that.” The rapper even went as far as shaking the paparazzi’s hand. Like us on Facebook “And I understand that you have to make a living. Let me shake your hand,” West said. “I appreciate that.” West has a different relationship with photographers in Los Angeles and has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft for allegedly attacking a photographer last July, according to reports. While the photographer decided to file a civil lawsuit against West, the rapper is insisting that he was only protecting himself. “[West believed] his safety was in immediate danger,” the rapper’s response to the civil suit states, according to TMZ. “[Kanye] responded to this assault by doing only those acts that were reasonably necessary for his self-defense” The rapper was also recently ambushed by the paparazzi at 4 a.m., which caused him to lash out at the photographers after they asked how things were going. “Don’t say anything to me,” West said, according to X17 Online.
Kanye West: Love’s more important than branding
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It was a move so controversial he later claimed, “I can’t even get endorsements now. The ones that might have been open to me when I was just a cute kid in a Polo.” November 2006: Kanye really doesn’t like losing, and he reminded us of that at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2006, when he stage-crashed Justice vs. Simian’s best video win for “We Are Your Friends.” Clearly, his video “Touch the Sky” should’ve won because “it cost a million dollars, and Pamela Anderson was in it.” Having a “sippy sippy” pre-awards show might convince one of such merits. September 2007: Awards shows are such a sticking point for Mr. West. When he lost out on all five of his MTV VMAs and wasn’t scheduled to perform on the main stage, which had boasted the likes of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, West threw a fit, threatening not to return to the awards ceremony. June 2008: Like most with an overwhelming number of strong opinions, Kanye was a natural at blogging on his site, Kanyeunivercity.com. So when he was booed at 2008’s Bonnaroo music festival after showing up late for his set, the rapper let loose on the fest’s organizers via his blog — in caps lock, of course. “I HAVE A F****** LIGHT SHOW DUMB A**,” he said. “IT’S NOT CALLED GLOW IN THE DARK FOR NO REASON SQUID BRAINS!” September 2008: Yeezy’s beef with paparazzi didn’t just start in May 2013, when he hit his head on a street sign while trying to get away from them. No, this battle of wills goes all the way back to September 2008, when West was arrested on felony vandalism charges at Los Angeles International Airport after he got into a skirmish with two paps and allegedly damaged their cameras. September 2009: Even with his noted troublemaking at past awards shows, no one — including West — had figured out by September 2009 that they weren’t the best places for him to hang out. What transpired at the MTV event is one of the most infamous moments in live TV, as he interrupted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for the Best Female Music Video. July 2010: Before Amanda Bynes, Kanye West had the Twitter account to watch .