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Rapper Kanye West is the latest celebrity to get in trouble because of a paparazzi following him. The whole incident was caught on video from several angles. Decide if the musician should be punished.
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Here is the view from photographer Daniel Ramos' camera, seconds before Rapper Kanye West lunged at him. (No Thai Airways staff members were involved )
Kayne West in trouble: You be the judge
The latest celebrity to get in trouble because of a paparazzi following him is Kanye West. The whole incident is on film from several angles so we can see pretty much what actually happened.
Los Angeles prosecutors have charged the musician with a crime and the cameraman, Daniel Ramos, has filed a lawsuit against him. Before you read the story, watch the video and decide what you think should happen?
1. Should Kanye West be charged with a crime at all?
2. If so (If yes), should it a be a major crime (a felony) or a minor crime (a misdemeanour)?
3. As for Mr Ramos's lawsuit should a court require Kanye West to pay him compensation? If so, how much?
This is footage from Daniel Ramos' camera, plus additional footage of Ramos after Kanye West left the scene
Here is the same footage plus a view from another camera of the "attack".
Here is an AFP version of the story.
Kanye West charged over LA airport run-in
LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Rapper Kanye West was charged with battery and attempted theft after he allegedly attacked a paparazzi photographer at Los Angeles International airport in July, officials said.
Cameraman Daniel Ramos, who filmed the incident in which West allegedly attacked him and tried to seize his camera, filed a lawsuit last month alleging assault battery and negligence against the US rapper.
"When Kanye West attacked me, I was in complete shock " Ramos told a news conference hosted by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.
"All I had done was ask him a question. I was terrified when Kanye started to come at me. I backed up because I felt from the look in his eyes that he was going to attack me."
The lensman said he was left having to use crutches after the incident and more recently a cane
West's lawyers claim the musician was only trying to prevent the photographer from taking his picture.
But lawyer Allred said: "Mr. West suddenly attacked Danny, punching him and attempting to wrestle Danny's camera from his hands.
She added: "Danny held onto his camera and fell down onto his knees, onto the paved sidewalk with enough force that he sustained injuries to his right hip was in great pain and had to be transported in an ambulance to the emergency room."
The mega-star musician, whose infant daughter, North, with reality TV star Kim Kardashian was born in June, is due to be arraigned on October 10 on one misdemeanor charge and one of attempted grand theft the LA City Attorney's office said.
Prosecutors declined to press more serious felony charges noting on August 16 that the freelance photographer "did not sustain significant injury" and was released from the emergency room the same day.
Each charge carries a penalty of up to six months in jail or a US$1,000 fine (31,800 baht).
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allegedly: claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven - ที่กล่าวหา
ambulance : a vehicle for taking people to hospital - รถพยาบาล
angle: the shape, measured in degrees, that is made where two surfaces or objects meet; the direction from which something comes, or the direction from which you look at something, especially when it is not directly in front of you - มุม
assault: attacking someone violently - การทำร้ายร่างกาย
attorney: a lawyer - ทนาย
battery: the crime of attacking somebody physically - การทำร้ายร่างกาย
cane: a piece of cane or a thin stick, used to help somebody to walk - ไม้เท้า
celebrity: someone who is famous, especially in the entertainment business - คนมีชื่อเสียง
charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
claim: to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง
compensation: money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them - เงินชดเชย
crime: an illegal activity or action - อาชญากรรม
crutch: one of two long sticks that you put under your arms to help you walk after you have injured your leg or foot - ไม้ยันรักแร้
decline: to say politely that you will not accept something or do something - ปฏิเสธที่จะทำ
due to: scheduled to - มีกำหนด
emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
felony: serious crime which can be punished by one or more years in prison - ความผิดอาญาร้ายแรง
file: to take official action like making a complaint - ยื่น, ยื่นคำร้อง
fine: an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law - ค่าปรับ
footage: film or video of a particular subject or event - ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
freelance: earning money by selling your work or services to several different organisations rather than being employed by one particular organisation - ทำงาน อิสระ, บุคคคที่เสนอตนเองเพื่อรับทำงาน
hip: one of the two parts at either side of your body between your waist and the top of your legs - สะโพก
host: to provide what is necessary to carry out a special event - จัดงาน
incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
injury: physical damage done to a person or a part of their body - อาการบาดเจ็บ
involved: taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง
judge: someone whose job is to make decisions in a court of law - ตุลาการ, ผู้พิพากษา
lawsuit: a case that a court is asked to decide involving a disagreement between two people or groups - คดีที่ยื่นฟ้องต่อศาล
lensman: (informal) a cameraman, a photographer - ช่างภาพ
lunge: to make a sudden powerful forward movement, especially in order to attack somebody or take hold of something - การพุ่งเข้าใส่, การเคลื่อนไปข้างหน้าอย่างรวดเร็ว
megastar: a very well known star in sports, entertainment, etc. -
misdemeanour: a crime that is not considered to be very serious; an action that is bad or unacceptable, but not very serious - ความผิดอาญาประเภทลหุโทษ, การทำความผิดเล็กๆ น้อยๆ
negligence: when you do not give enough care or attention to someone or something - ความประมาท, ความไม่เอาใจใส่
news conference: press conference; an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว
pain: the feelings that you have in your body when you have been hurt or when you are ill/sick; mental or emotional suffering - ความเจ็บปวด
paparazzi: a photographer who follows famous people around in order to get interesting photographs of them to sell to a newspaper or magazine - ปาปารัซซี่
paved: (of a surface) covered with flat stones or bricks -
prosecutor: a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty - อัยการ
punch: to hit someone/something hard with a fist (= closed hand) - ชก, ต่อย
release: to let someone leave a place where they have been kept, such as a hospital or prison - ปล่อยตัว
scene: site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
seize: to take control of by force or official power - ยึกครอง
shock: a strong feeling of surprise as a result of something happening, especially something unpleasant; the event that causes this feeling - ช็อค, ความสะดุ้ง, อาการช็อค
sidewalk: a flat part at the side of a road for people to walk on - ทางเดิน, ฟุตบาท
significant: important - สำคัญ
sustain: to experience, injury, damage, loss, etc. - ประสบกับ (ความสูญเสีย การเจ็บป่วย)
terrified: very frightened - ตกใจ, ใจหาย, ขวัญหนี
theft: (the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it - การลักขโมย
transport: to move people or things from one place to another - บรรทุก, ขนส่ง
wrestle: to take, pull, or hold something with difficulty - ต่อสู้กันอุตลุด
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