Kanye West claims he was acting in self-defence after scuffle with photographer

Rapper claims he was in 'immediate danger'

Kanye West has claimed that he was acting in self-defence after being charged with battery and attempted grand theft following his scuffle with an LA photographer in July.

The rapper, who is due to appear in court on October 10 to face the charges, was involved in an alleged altercation with a photographer at LAX airport on July 19. Video footage of the incident shows West initially trying to ignore the photographer’s question before beginning an agitated conversation with the snapper, and then trying to seize his camera. The resulting scuffle sees the paparazzo fall to the ground, at which point West holds his hands up and walks away – you can watch a video of the incident by clicking at the bottom of the page.

TMZ have obtained West’s legal response, in which he claims that he believed it was necessary to defend himself. The document alleges that he thought “his safety was in immediate danger” and that he had “responded to this assault by doing only those acts that were reasonably necessary for his self-defence”. If West is found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

West has endured a difficult relationship with the paparazzi this year. TMZ posted separate footage of him ranting at a snapper on May 11 of this year (2013) and then arguing with another photographer on July 12, a week before the incident for which he is now facing charges.

Earlier this week, Kanye West gave an extraordinary interview with the BBC Radio 1, in which he barely let Lowe get a word in edgeways, giving his opinion on everything from the glass ceiling for black artists in the music industry to his own fashion projects, his perceived megalomania, his creative ambitions and his partner, Kim Kardashian.