Kanye West faces a paparazzi lawsuit alleging assault, battery, and negligence, after throwing a photographer’s phone onto traffic.
In a recent turn of events, musician Kanye West, formerly known as Ye, finds himself embroiled in a legal battle following an incident involving paparazzi photographer Nichol Lechmanik.
Lechmanik has filed a lawsuit against West, alleging assault, battery, and negligence, and is also seeking an injunction to prevent him from threatening or physically confronting photographers.
The incident occurred earlier this year, as West and his wife, Bianca Censori, were leaving their daughter North West’s basketball game.
Lechmanik claims that West confronted another paparazzo before turning his attention to her car, where he shouted, “Y’all ain’t gon’ run up on me like that!” Startled, she asserts that West seized her phone and flung it into oncoming traffic, leaving her feeling shaken and fearful.
This isn’t the first clash between West and the paparazzi. The rapper’s infamous “Flashing Lights” lyric expressing disdain for the paparazzi, coupled with a 2013 incident at the LAX airport where he attempted to grab a photographer’s camera, have contributed to his contentious relationship with the media.
While an undisclosed settlement was reached in the past, this latest lawsuit marks a new chapter in Kanye West’s legal troubles with the paparazzi.
Lechmanik’s lawsuit, recently filed with the Ventura County Superior Court, cites the emotional distress she has endured as a result of the altercation.
She claims to have suffered “great mental and emotional pain” and has been unable to perform her job effectively, resulting in lost earnings. The suit asserts that West’s actions were deliberate and malicious.
Accompanied by her attorney, Gloria Allred, Lechmanik spoke at a press conference, tearfully expressing her determination to seek justice.
She emphasized that Kanye’s West’s behavior was unacceptable, stating, “He has no right to assault me, batter me, or cause me to be afraid to pursue my profession.”
Allred echoed her sentiments, highlighting the need for photographers to work without interference from celebrities and the importance of setting a precedent for paparazzi photographers who face mistreatment.
As this legal battle unfolds, it brings attention to the ongoing conflict between celebrities and the paparazzi. Lechmanik’s lawsuit serves as a reminder that while photographers play a crucial role in documenting their lives, celebrities deserve a reasonable level of privacy.
Both parties must find a balance that respects boundaries and ensures the safety and well-being of everyone involved.