Kanye Accused of Punching Out Fan Who Wanted His Autograph

The complicated artist allegedly punched an admirer in the face and knocked him to the ground for requesting an autograph outside the ultra-exclusive Soho Warehouse

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating Kanye West on a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly punching a fan and knocking him to the ground outside the private Soho Warehouse social club and hotel Thursday morning—after the music-lover says he requested the artist’s autograph.

As Fox 11 was first to report, the incident occurred around 3:00 a.m. outside the ultra-exclusive hideaway at 1000 South Santa Fe Avenue in Downtown L.A. The fan says he saw Kanye sitting in his car and asked for an autograph when, according to the station, “Words were exchanged.”

The exact nature of those words is a subject of the LAPD’s investigation, but the exchange was allegedly followed by West jumping out of his vehicle. The autograph-seeker told the police that Kanye then cursed at him and threw a punch that sent him to the ground. West then left the scene of the altercation.

TMZ has posted a video shot “sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning” featuring Kanye screaming at a much smaller person. The performer is clearly unhappy and can be heard demanding, “Did y’all say that or not? Did y’all say that or not? Cuz that’s what happened right fucking now.”

TMZ’s sources say the scuffle is being investigated as misdemeanor battery, which carries a maximum six-month jail sentence. Variety has confirmed that Kanye was named as a suspect in a battery report taken by the LAPD’s Newton Division early Thursday morning.

Ye has reportedly been living at Soho Warehouse since mid-December, and was joined there earlier this week by his new love interest, Uncut Gems actress Julia Fox.

Kanye last ran afoul of Los Angeles law enforcement for roughing up a photographer at LAX in 2008. He later pled no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge in that case and was sentenced to 250 hours of community service, 24 anger management sessions, and two years of probation.

So far, reps for Kanye aren’t talking.

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