Kanye West Being Investigated in Alleged Misdemeanor Battery Incident for Punching Man

A report shared Thursday claimed that the artist formerly known as Kanye West has been “named” in an alleged incident that happened in DTLA.


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Ye is, according to a new report, now a “named suspect” in connection with an alleged misdemeanor battery incident in the Downtown Los Angeles area.

Per TMZ, who cited law enforcement sources in their initial report on Thursday, the artist formerly known as Kanye West was first involved in a verbal disagreement near the Soho Warehouse club in DTLA. The argument is alleged to have eventually grown into a physical incident, with the report noting that Ye is alleged to have “pushed someone.” It was later claimed that he punched someone who wanted an autograph.

In a short video clip included in the TMZ report, Ye is seen asking someone “Did y’all say that or not?” The clip was reportedly captured Wednesday night/early Thursday.

Complex has reached out to a rep for Ye for comment, as well as to the Los Angeles Police Department. Later on Thursday, an LAPD rep shared the following:

“This morning, at 3:00 a.m., officers responded to Santa Fe Ave and Bay Street.  A Battery Report was completed with Kanye West as a named suspect.  No arrests have been made and the incident is being investigated by our Newton Division.”

Another video was shared by TMZ which allegedly shows moments after the man was punched, who can be seen laid out on the ground. Kanye can be heard yelling at someone who describes themselves as “family” to “get away from me!” TMZ reports the person was punched in the head and in the neck, and that “his head struck the ground hard.”

This alleged incident took place on the same evening as a Delilah (located in West Hollywood) visit from Ye and Julia Fox, with the two—as was also initially reported by TMZ—sharing a kiss in front of the cameras outside. In the latest episode of her Spotify-exclusive podcast Forbidden Fruits with co-host Niki Takesh, Fox spoke candidly of her and Ye’s “very inspirational” connection.

It’s been a week of nonstop headlines, including (but certainly not limited to) a mini-update on that possibleDonda sequel and a confirmation of Ye’s headlining performance at this year’s Coachella return. At the top of the week, Netflix shared a new trailer for the upcoming three-part documentary jeen-yuhs, directed by Coodie & Chike. Later this month, the doc will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

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