DA rejects battery charge against Kanye West


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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kanye West will not face criminal charges over an incident in which he apparently punched a man in a Beverly Hills chiropractor's office, prosecutors determined Friday.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office rejected a battery case against the rapper because he had reached a civil settlement with the man and there were no significant injuries documented after the altercation.

The altercation occurred after the 18-year-old man used a racial slur in an argument with West's fiancee Kim Kardashian on Jan. 13, according to a document prepared by a prosecutor. The man had held the door for Kardashian when she entered the building but they then exchanged words. The reality starlet called West and told him about the man's use of the slur and the rapper came to the building and attacked the man in a chiropractor's office, the document states.

West was not arrested and his attorney Blair Berk declined comment on the prosecutor's decision.

The prosecutor's charge evaluation sheet says there were conflicting witness accounts about how many times West punched the man, but noted he wasn't seriously injured.

The rapper faces a misdemeanor battery charge filed after the singer was involved in a videotaped altercation with a paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport last year. West has plead not guilty and the case is scheduled for a hearing on Feb. 25.


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