Kanye West charged with battery in airport scuffle

Kanye West and his girlfriend Kim Kardashian. (AFP)

Kanye West and his girlfriend Kim Kardashian. (AFP)

The alleged altercation took place on July 19 at Los Angeles International Airport., Los Angeles City Attorney spokesperson Frank Mateljan said.

A video posted on celebrity news website TMZ of the incident shows the Grammy-winning rapper glaring at photographers as he leaves the airport. West confronts one of the photographers and appears to lunge at him.

Mateljan said that West, 36, also attempted to take equipment from the photographer.

Each misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison.

West is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles on October 10. The rapper's representative did not immediately return a request for comment on Friday.

West has become a frequent target of paparazzi after striking up a romance last year with reality TV star Kim Kardashian. The couple welcomed their first child, a baby girl named North West, in June. – Reuters

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