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Beverly Hills police name Kanye West as battery suspect

Detectives have named rapper Kanye West as a suspect in their investigation of a physical altercation that occurred Monday, according to a brief statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department.

According to media reports, the incident occurred at a chiropractor’s office in Beverly Hills after a confrontation between a man and West’s betrothed, Kim Kardashian.

People and TMZ cited anonymous sources who claimed that the man had been shouting obscenities and racial epithets at Kardashian and the crowd of paparazzi following her. Kardashian called West, who arrived soon after.

By that time, the man had left the scene, but West and Kardashian followed him into the waiting room of a chiropractor’s office, where West reportedly struck him.

West had left by the time police arrived, according the statement from the police department, which classified the incident as a misdemeanor.

West was charged with two misdemeanors after he allegedly assaulted a paparrazo at Los Angeles International Airport last year. Prosecutors decided not to bring more serious charges against West because the videographer did not suffer serious injuries, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Max Ehrenfreund writes for Wonkblog and compiles Wonkbook, a daily policy newsletter. You can subscribe here. Before joining The Washington Post, Ehrenfreund wrote for the Washington Monthly and The Sacramento Bee.
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