Kanye West Visits Police Station To Report Alleged Paparazzi Incident

The Chicago rapper reportedly alleged that he asked paparazzi to stop taking pictures of him, yet the incident didn't turn physical.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares

Kanye West isn't exactly well-known for his amicable relationship with paparazzi, so much so that he took matters to a police station. Moreover, TMZ reports that the Chicago rapper went to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's West Hollywood station on Tuesday afternoon (February 14). Apparently, the publication's law enforcement sources stated that he told deputies about an incident with paparazzi. Furthermore, Kanye allegedly asked them to stop recoding his family at some point earlier in the day. While the interaction almost turned sour, he maintained that there was no escalation of violence.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: Kanye West is seen on October 21, 2022 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by MEGA/GC Images)

However, this incident is another occurrence in Ye's paparazzi saga, a recent chapter of which saw him throw a woman's phone away. In fact, the Yeezy mogul's actions resulted in a battery investigation after a heated exchange. As people recorded him during his daughter North's basketball game, he got into many arguments. During the arguments, a woman filming him refused to put the camera down at his request. As such, the rapper lost his temper, reached into the woman's car to grab the phone, and threw it away.

Still, this new approach is decidedly more calm than his previous actions. However, it's unclear whether other evidence or stories support Kanye's testimony. Regardless of his photographer troubles, they still managed to spot him on Valentine's Day with his wife Bianca Censori. Though the two haven't spoken publicly about their relationship, their public appearances do give at least some insight. Moreover, they went to a movie theater to catch a film alongside music executive Russell Simmons. While he reportedly relocated to Bali after multiple sexual assault accusations, he smiled alongside the couple in snapped pics. Given Ye's proximity to far-right figures, antisemitic rhetoric, and controversial figures, this latest outing only adds fuel to that fire.

Meanwhile, the dangerously shifting political ideology of Kanye West will be the subject of a new BBC documentary and podcast. Reportedly, the doc is tentatively titled We Need To Talk About Kanye. Furthermore, Deadline provided a description of its focus. “Unfolding against the backdrop of West aka Ye’s 2024 U.S. election campaign, and at a time when his anti-Semitic rantings and behavior have sparked outrage and a re-evaluation of his place in popular culture, the one-off documentary follows Azhar as he attempts to understand the complex journey that led the singer to become one of the most famous and creatively successful artists of his generation.”

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.