Famed Hollywood attorney Gloria Allred has blasted 19-time Grammy Award-winner Kanye West as “shameful” and a “disgrace” after he taunted the paparazzi during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night.
“It’s not safe for you in the zoo,” the boyfriend of reality star Kim Kardashian said, as if to suggest he’ll continue to use physical force against the shutterbugs on the streets on Los Angeles.
Allred – the civil rights lawyer — is representing video photographer Danny Ramos, who has sued West alleging assault, battery, negligence and violation of civil rights.
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Speaking to radio detection and rangingOnline.com in the wake of the late-night interview, Allred said: “Mr. West made it clear that he thinks that he has the right to attack anyone that antagonizes him by asking him a question that he does not like. He thinks that paparazzi are fair game.
“In his televised appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show he sent a message that anyone that crosses him is not safe and that no one should forget that he is from Chicago.
“We have a message to you Mr. West in response. You will be held accountable for your actions both in the criminal justice system and in the civil justice system.
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“Your remarks are shameful and add further insult to the injuries that you inflicted upon my client.”
She added: “You say that you bring ‘joy to the world’. I say you disgrace your profession and bring shame to your hometown of Chicago when you make reference to being from Chicago as some sort of threat.”
West was captured on video July 19 wrestling Ramos to the ground at Los Angeles International Airport.
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Earlier this week, during court proceeding in the criminal case, the Los Angeles City Attorney asked the judge to order the singer to attend anger management classes while the case was pending.
The motion was denied and the singer’s arraignment was postponed until November 7.