Kanye West may face a felony attempted robbery charge stemming from his airport altercation on Friday with a photographer, it has been claimed.
The 36-year-old singer, who recently welcomed his first child with reality star Kim Kardashian, charged a paparazzo who was peppering him with questions upon the singer’s arrival at Los Angeles International Airport Friday.
The photographer was taken to a hospital following the assault and told authorities that he wants to press charges against West, TMZreports.
Police officers will refer the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as a felony attempted robbery rather than the lesser charge of battery, according to the website.
The case has been transferred to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division for investigation as police suspect West committed an attempted robbery when he struck the photographer and tried to take his camera. Prosecutors will ultimately decide which charges will be filed, if any.
Kanye was surrounded by about five paparazzi who captured the incident and the singer left with his bodyguard in their car.