Hip-hop superstar Kanye West quietly turned himself in for booking after he pleaded no contest in connection with a misdemeanor battery case. The rapper did so at the Hollywood Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday (March 27) afternoon. The charges stem from a confrontation with a photographer in July of 2013.
TMZ reports that West and his lawyer arrived at the station at around 4:30 PM on Thursday and Kanye’s booking photograph was taken and he was also fingerprinted. West’s stay in jail was brief, with Kanye reportedly only spending “a grand total of 49 minutes” at the station before being released.
West reportedly punched paparazzo Daniel Ramos at LAX last July. He could face two years of probation, more than 20 anger management sessions, and 250 hours of community service. Kanye’s no contest plea can’t be used in any civil lawsuit that Ramos might file against him; but it also allows any possible grand theft charges to be dropped in the case.
City prosecutors filed misdemeanor charges against the star on the day of his no contest plea.
In January, West was accused of assaulting an 18-year old man in a Beverly Hills chiropractor’s office after he says the young man used a racial slur while speaking with Kim Kardashian, Kanye’s fiancee. According to reports, West is working on an outside-of-court settlement with the alleged victim.