The ‘Yeezus’ rapper calmly chatted with the shutterbugs, explaining that he learned of his late grandfather’s failing health the same day Daniel Ramos ‘antagonized’ him at the airport. Kanye West said he was ‘antagonized’ before attacking cameraman Daniel Ramos at LAX airport in July.
“The guy set me up at the airport,” the rapper said, in a video obtained by Splash News.
West has been charged with misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft for the assault on Ramos and his camera. This time, stopping to calmly talk to a group of shutterbugs while pumping gas, West, 36, explained that he takes issue with the amount of disrespect for him and his family — girlfriend Kim Kardashian and their 4-month-old daughter North — that the paps dish out on a daily basis.
“That’s the day I found out that my grandfather was not going to make it,” he said. “I tried to stop his camera, he fell down, he faked it, and then people are talking about …’Why did you hit that guy?’ I obviously didn’t hit the guy,” he said. He chatted calmly with the group of photographers about how he thinks about his daughter growing up to endure harassment from photographers, and asked that they be more respectful.
“It’s not about being a superstar, it’s about being a human being,” the rapper said.