Kanye admits punching autograph seeker in West Hollywood
Kanye West has admitted punching an autograph seeker who allegedly kicked him out of a West Hollywood club earlier this week as the rapper is under investigation for assault.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, West, 44, said he was outside the Soho Warehouse at 3 a.m. on Thursday when he was allegedly provoked by a man who had been following him for a few days looking for autographs .
“I say, ‘You don’t know what I’m dealing with right now,'” West said, referring to footage of him punching the unidentified man.
“I just finished these two songs, I was from the studio, and this guy, he just had this real attitude, like, ‘What are you gonna do? And you see that?
“I’m just telling you the COVID blue mask won’t stop this knockout, you know what I’m saying?”
He added that at the time he was angry with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, who filed for divorce and is now dating Pete Davidson, and a cousin who didn’t tell Kardashian he wanted to. to visit one of his children at school.
“Security will not come between me and my children. And my children will not be on TikTok without my permission,” Kanye said as he reiterated his message to Kardashian.
He also mentioned that he was upset about her budding romance with Davidson.
‘How are you going to blame me for doing the wrong thing and kissing the guy you’re dating right in front of me? Everyone says “that’s cool” and I heard the new boyfriend is in the house where I can’t even go.
Kanye West sat down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss Thursday’s incident in which he admitted hitting an autograph hunter allegedly taunting him.
Kanye West was seen yelling at a cousin (left) after he allegedly punched a fan three times and knocked him down on Thursday morning.
The fan (in the background) was pictured following West around West Hollywood on Thursday as the rapper stepped out with his new girlfriend, Julia Fox.
West claims the man he punched was not a fan of his, but someone trying to make money selling autographs he got from the rapper on Jan. 10.
‘It’s the same as the paparazzi, he’s not a fan. It’s someone who uses your image, who has probably never heard your songs.
Dramatic footage from the aftermath of the incident shows West shouting “Get away from me” at his cousin, who was trying to calm him down as the autograph seeker lies on the ground, clutching his head in pain.
that West punched the man twice in the head and once in the neck, knocking him over and slamming the fan’s head against the pavement.
His cousin could be heard telling the rapper, “I’m your family,” as he tried to hold his hand and get him to relax.
“No, get away from me! No hands, no hands,” West shouts.
“You were supposed to talk to him,” he adds, now revealing he was angry at his cousin for not telling his ex-wife he wanted to visit his son at school.
West accused the man of following him and selling autographs for money. West was photographed giving the man an autograph on January 10.
Ultimately, he blamed his cousin for his sulky mood which caused him to explode in anger after the altercation, which was caught on camera by confused bystanders.
He said he finally admitted to the attack because he was tired of the media portrayal of the incident and wanted to take control of the narrative.
It comes from the horse’s mouth. I’ve told everyone before, you’re not in a position to be in charge of my story,” West told Entertainment Tonight’s Jason Lee.
“I already told you, I’m taking my story. I write my story. Why don’t you all go do something, you know what I mean, other than try to take somebody down?
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the case and has yet to make any arrests, but named West as a suspect.
Earlier in the night of the incident, West had stepped out with his alleged new girlfriend Julia Fox at Delilah in West Hollywood for a star-studded dinner after spending the night with Madonna and Floyd Mayweather.
The group appeared to be in high spirits after Diana Ross’ son, Evan Ross, shared a video of them on Instagram.
Kanye West and Julia Fox (left) were seen at Delilah nightclub in West Hollywood with Madonna and Floyd Mayweather (right) earlier the night before the alleged altercation.
Although it was previously reported that West’s newfound romance was under his ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s skin, sources said he was happy to see artist Donda smile again.
West is no stranger to run-ins with the law. In 2014, he was arrested for assaulting a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.
He was sentenced to 250 hours of community service, two years probation and 24 anger management sessions.
He was also arrested in 2008 for vandalism and assault for an altercation with two photographers at the same airport. The case was thrown out after he paid for one of the photographer’s broken equipment and agreed to take anger management advice.