Kanye West Under Investigation for Alleged Criminal Battery

Ye, the artist formally known as Kanye West, has been named as a suspect in a battery report taken by Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Division early on Thursday morning, TMZ reports. The investigation stems from an incident that went down in which the rapper allegedly punched a fan in downtown Los Angeles at around 3 a.m., TMZ also says. 

            According to Fox 11, a fan told police he approached Ye to ask for an autograph when the rapper allegedly “jumped out of his car” and “punched him, knocking him to the ground,” said Fox 11. LAPD spokesperson Redina Puentes says that the incident took place at South Santa Fe Avenue and Bay Street in Downtown LA. This location is outside of Soho Warehouse, a members-only club. The incident is being investigated as misdemeanor battery, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 6 months, says TMZ. The rapper has not been arrested and was not at the scene when police arrived.

            The site also posted a video of the rapper that was filmed “sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning” that showcases an aggravated Ye yelling, “Did y’all say that or not? Did y’all say that or not?” “Cuz that’s what happened right f*cking now.” It was also reported that Ye was at Delilah nightclub earlier that evening with actress Julia Fox, who he has been seen with these last couple of weeks. This news comes a day after it was announced that the rapper will be headlining at Coachella this year along with Harry Styles and Billie Eilish.

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