Kanye West has reportedly agreed to a $250,000 settlement with an 18-year-old man he allegedly punched in Beverly Hills earlier in January.
According to TMZ, West will pay the settlement amount to the alleged victim who no longer wishes to continue criminal prosecution against the rapper. Reportedly, the victim initially had demanded a much larger sum, but finally agreed to the $250,000 settlement amount.
West was accused of attacking a man inside the waiting room of a chiropractor’s office in Beverly Hills earlier this month, when the man reportedly screamed a racial slur against Kim Kardashian. The incident took place when the man used racial comments against paparazzi who swarmed Kardashian. But, when the reality TV star told the man not to use such language, he retorted by saying: “Shut up n****r lover.”
During this time, West, who had arrived at the building, allegedly punched the guy. A source at the time reportedly claimed that Kardashian was also threatened by the man.
Though West did not comment about the incident after it happened, Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, reportedly spoke about it during an interview with Australia’s 2DayFM Breakfast Show.
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“Kanye assaulted an 18-year-old man by punching him in the face. He was defending Kim,” the show’s hosts said to Jenner.
Jenner replied saying: “Well, that sounds like, a lot like what I heard.” She added: “I do know that how it started was this person got really a lot of racial, hateful, horrible things that he was saying. Apparently many times. Very hateful person. And I think that’s where it started. I’m not quite sure how it ended.”
Law enforcement sources reportedly stated that the District Attorney in Los Angeles is yet to decide whether West, 36, should be charged for battery, adding that the chances of him being prosecuted are very low.