Following the scuffle between him and paparazzo Daniel Ramos last July at Los Angeles International Airport, Kanye West is now responding to the charges of criminal battery and attempted grand theft (since the rapper tried to take Ramos' camera').

West's lawyer has now declared that his client acted in "self-defence" because his "safety was in immediate danger," and that his response to the assault was the "reasonably necessary." The rapper adds that "the paparazzo should pay ME," explaining that he is tired of paparazzi "making money with photos of me and my family."

Kanye West will be touring the US this fall to promote his recent Yeezus album.

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