*It should come as no surprise that the pap who was captured on video being in a tussle with Kanye West is setting in motion plans to sue the rapper.
It should also come as no surprise that attorney Gloria Allred has been hired to handle the lawsuit on behalf of the videographer after the incident sent him to the hospital with injuries, according to the LA Times.
The litigation, if it moves forward, comes after the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file felony assault and attempted-robbery charges and referred the issue to the city attorney to determine whether it warranted a misdemeanor charge.
West, who has long maintained a hostile stance toward paparazzi and even rapped about his contempt for the media, was captured on video July 19 wrestling the photographer to the ground.
In papers from the D.A.’s office on the matter, Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy-Hannah Broersma wrote that West had “attacked a freelance photographer” who was subsequently treated for contusions and muscle strain at Marina del Rey Hospital.
The prosecutor said an attempted-robbery charge was declined because there was insufficient evidence of any “specific intent.” She added that felony assault charges were rejected because the victim did not sustain significant injuries.
Watch the incident below between Kanye West and the photographer: