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Kanye West's problems with the paparazzo he attacked at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last month just got a lot bigger.
TMZ reports that the photographer has hired high powered lawyer Gloria Allred to represent him in a lawsuit against the rapper.
Allred is known for taking high profile cases and negotiating large financial settlements for her clients, so West can expect to cough up a large sum of money.
The videographer was treated for contusions and a muscle strain at Marina del Rey Hospital.following his scuffle with West.
The G.O.O.D. Music CEO was initially charged with felony assault and attempted-robbery by police, but the district attorney's office declined not to pursue the case. Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy-Hannah Broersma said the felony assault charges were rejected because the victim "did not sustain significant injuries." The attempted robbery charge was not considered because there was insufficient evidence of any "specific intent," according to the L.A. Times.
However, the case was referred to the L.A. City Attorney, who is still deciding whether or not to prosecute West.
It was thought the case would be settled with Kanye reaching a civil compromise with the pap to make the case go away. The freelance photographer obviously decided that he could get far more money from the entertainer by filing the lawsuit.
Allred will be holding a news conference today at 1 PM PT to discuss the case, according to TMZ. Watch footage of the incident below.
Gloria Allred held a news conference earlier today with her client Daniel Ramos by her side. Allred detailed Ramos' version of events, announced that she had filed a lawsuit against Kanye, then detailed part of the suit..
"Today we have filed a lawsuit against Kanye West in L.A. County Superior Court, alleging assault, battery, negligence and interference with Danny's civil rights," said Allred. "We are seeking general and punitive damages. In addition we are seeking injunctive relief. We are asking the court for an order preventing Mr. West from touching, striking, annoying, molesting, contacting, attacking, threatening or otherwise interfering with...directly or indirectly Daniel Ramos. And or the right of Danny and all persons seeking to pursue the occupation of photographer."
Daniel said he had spent two week on crutches and is still in pain.
"When Kanye West attacked me I was in complete shock," he said "All I had done was ask him a question I was was terrified when Kanye started to come at me. I backed up because I felt from the look in his eyes, he was going to attack me."
This isn't looking good for Yeezy.