Kanye West: Charged With Battery, Attempted Grant Theft in LAX Paparazzi Beatdown

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Despite reports that he was off the hook, Kanye West has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft for his LAX photographer smackdown.

Kanye went OFF on the photographer after he dared to speak with him as he left the airport ... days after 'Ye warned the paparazzi not to talk EVER.

Paramedics were dispatched to the scene, which the rapper left. The alleged victim went to the hospital and has filed a lawsuit, but charges weren't filed.

Until today, that is. The photographer hired Gloria Allred, who said the attack left her client badly injured and that West tried to gank his camera as well.

The baby daddy of Kim Kardashian faces a maximum of a year in jail if convicted of both misdemeanor offenses and will be arraigned October 10.

The L.A. City Attorney is believed to have filed the charges, after another investigative agency declined to do so after looking into the matter last month.

Prosecutors in L.A. County determined the photographer did not have a significant injury; his camera wasn't stolen, and it's not clear if it was even damaged.

No weapon was used and West doesn't have a record, so despite his hostile relationship with the media, so there was no evidence of a crime committed.

The City Attorney disagreed, which is bad news for West, who hates cameramen as much as he loves Kim and North - and in part because of Kim and North.

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