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West escapes charge over scuffle

Kanye West
West's most recent album, Graduation, was a UK number one

Rapper Kanye West will not face serious charges over a scuffle in which a photgrapher's camera was damaged, US prosecutors have said.

The star and his manager were arrested on suspicion of vandalism following the row at Los Angeles International Airport on 11 September.

LA Country prosecutors did not give a specific reason for not filing felony charges against the pair.

However, they may still face lesser misdemeanour charges later this month.

City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said a decision on the lesser charge was likely to arrive within the next week.

The incident, which took place as West waited to board a flight to Hawaii, was captured on film and posted online.

It came shortly after the star performed his new single, Love Lockdown, as the finale of the MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles.

The song is likely to be a new entry in the top 40 this weekend, and will be followed by his fourth album, 808s and Heartbreaks, in December.

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