Kanye West: Photographer Beatdown Was Self-Defense!

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Kanye West says he only got into a fight with a photographer at LAX Airport because he feared for his safety, according to court documents filed by his attorney.

The rapper, who was charged with battery and grand theft after he allegedly attacked paparazzo Daniel Ramos in July, is also being sued by the man.

But the 36-year-old claims "his safety was in immediate danger" when the photographer started asking him questions as he left LAX and walked to a car.

The altercation, which was captured on video (above) showed Kanye West accusing Ramos of trying to provoke him before he lunged at the paparazzo.

West attacked the photographer in a fit of rage and left the scene.

Paramedics came, but not until after he fired-up rapper had split. An ambulance transported Ramos to the hospital; the extent of his injuries is unclear.

Kanye West vs. Photographer

In response to the charges, West claims he was only doing what was "necessary for his self-defense and safety and was justified in doing those acts."

He faces up to a year in jail if convicted of the criminal charges.

This was the latest in series of altercations between West and the paparazzi, who he previously put on notice and ordered not to talk to him EVER.

Kanye has never been a fan of the paps, but whatever you think of his reasons, tension has escalated ever since he he got Kim Kardashian pregnant.

However this case is resolved, we doubt it will be the last.

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The "attack" was a joke. Kanye is a jerk but the guy continued provoking him and the actual footage shows Kanye wrestling with the guy who just sort of goes limp as he clings to his camera only to be gently let down to the pavement, whereupon Kanye leaves and the summy papparazzo insists he needs medical treatment to improve his impending case for damages.