Kanye West Could Face Charges In Battery Case, Law Enforcement Reveals Investigation Gave Them 'Enough Evidence'
Kanye West may soon face consequences for his involvement in an altercation that reportedly left a man with a broken nose.
The "Flashing Lights" rapper previously admitted he got physical with an alleged "fan" seeking an autograph in the early morning hours of Thursday, January 13, in downtown Los Angeles.
Authorities have since nearly completed their investigation into the incident and are set to send all evidence — including videos and witness statements — to the L.A. City Attorney's Office to decide if criminal charges will officially be filed against the rapper.
Law enforcement told TMZ they would like to interview West for his side of the story, but that they already believe there to be enough evidence to charge Ye with simple battery — defined as an "unlawful use of force or violence" directed towards another person.
The City Attorney will then decide whether or not to file charges, reject the case, or call both West and the alleged victim in order to work things out in an informal hearing.
As OK! previously reported, the billionaire rapper candidly opened up about the investigation in an interview with Hollywood Unlocked.
"It was 3 a.m. in front of the warehouse. I'm saying, 'You don't know what I'm dealing with right now.' I just finished these two songs, I came from the studio," he explained at the time. "And this dude just, he just had this real attitude, like, 'Whatchu gonna do?"
West joked also that the man's COVID mask didn't keep him from getting "knocked out", before admitting he does not believe the man was an actual fan, but rather someone intending to profit off of selling his autographs online.
"Look, man, I love the paparazzi. I love the press, I love the media, everything. But then they send those two, probably like some agents or something to really gaslight the situation," he told the outlet. "This is the same as the paparazzi, this is not a fan."
If the "Gold Digger" artist is found guilty, he could either be slapped with a $2,000 fine or a maximum of six months in jail.