On Monday, police confirmed that Kanye West has been named a suspect in an alleged assault case that occurred at Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California at 12:15 p.m. on Monday.
“The named suspect was identified as Kanye West by the victim and several witnesses,” the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement. “Mr. West had left the location prior to officers’ arrival. As of this writing, BHPD detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation. No further information at this time.”
A rep for Kanye has not yet commented on the situation, but a source reveals that it wasn’t Kanye who started the altercation. Apparently, Kim Kardashian, Kanye’s fiancé, was trying to make it into a building, but was surrounded by paparazzi. An 18-year-old bystander decided to help Kim, but went about it the wrong way. He started yelling racial slurs at the paparazzi, and when Kim told him to stop, he began verbally attacking her. Kim immediately called Kanye, who came running to her defense.
“Kim was walking into a furniture meeting for their new home,” a source told PEOPLE. “Kanye was there ahead of her for the meeting. So Kim gets there and walks into the building with a million paparazzi trailing her. At this point Kim was seriously afraid for her life,” the source continued.
“He was going nuts. Kanye came down to help her but then the guy ran into a chiropractic office so Kim and Kanye walked in after him.” After entering the chiropractic office, the bystander continued yelling at Kanye, who then, in return, punched him.
West is already facing misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft charges for an incident with the paparazzi at the Los Angeles International Airport in July 2013.
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