KANYE West admitted punching a fan who wanted an autograph during a major altercation earlier this week.
Kanye, 44, said he was outside the Soho Warehouse in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, at 3 a.m. when he allegedly provoked by Justin Poplawski, 40, who West said he had been following for days asking for an autograph.
“I’m saying, ‘You don’t know what I’m dealing with,’ West said Tonight’s reception, referring to the scene where he grabs Poplawski.
“I just finished these two songs, I’m from the studio, and this guy, he just had a real attitude like, ‘What are you going to do? And see that? ‘
“Imma just telling you, that blue Covid mask can’t stop that knockout, you know what I’m saying?”
The rapper, also known as Ye, said at the time he was upset with his estranged wife Kim Kardashian, who is now dating Pete Davidson, and with a cousin who didn’t tell Kardashian that he was. wanted to visit one of their children at school.
“Security will not come between me and my children. And my kids wouldn’t be on TikTok without my permission,” Kanye said.
West also admitted he was upset about Kardashian’s relationship with Davidson.
“How are you going to blame me for going out and kissing the guy you’re dating right in front of me. Everyone said, ‘that’s great,’ and I heard that my new boyfriend was in the house and I couldn’t even come to see him. “
“This is from the horse’s mouth. I’ve told you all before, you guys are not suitable to be in charge of my story,” West told Entertainment Tonight’s Jason Lee.
“I told you already, I am telling my story. I am writing my report. Why don’t you all go do something, you know what I mean, other than trying to take someone down. “
Additionally, West insists Poplawski is not a fan but someone trying to make money by selling off autographs he received from the rapper on January 10.
‘NOT A FAN’
West said: “This is like the paparazzi, this is not a fan. This is the person using your image who may have never heard your songs.”
Alleged victim Poplawski, 40, originally from St Louis, Missouri but now believed to be living in Illinois, was photographed earlier in the night behind Kanye and his new flame Julia Fox.
Celebrity is passionate about collecting autographs for over 25 years.
He’s had plenty of selfies with A-list celebrities and VIPs over the years, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama and Adele.
Poplawski told The Sun: “I really have no comment right now, not right now. I still have other things to take care of. Right now I’m just trying to live and come home. ”
His profile on the Real Autograph Club website states that collecting autographs of famous people has been his hobby since 1996.
He apparently runs his own celebrity signature business called All-Star Signatures LLC.
Thursday’s incident is believed to have occurred after Poplawski asked Kanye for an autograph a second time after first approaching him outside of Delilah.
Kanye had been at the popular West Hollywood diner with 31-year-old Julia Fox before moving to the Soho Warehouse alone, where he was approached again by Justin according to Page Six.
The pair are said to have exchanged words, which are currently being investigated by police, before the rapper is said to have jumped out of his car, called out Justin’s name and then punched him to the ground.
Video of the incident shows Kanye shouting at a female member of his team while the victim is believed to be lying on the ground.
He could be heard shouting “Get away from me” and the female employee replied “Give me your hand”.
Kanye is said to have left before officials arrived at the scene, where a police report was filed.
It is unknown if he spoke to the police about this side of his story.
Justin is said to have recorded the encounter on his phone, which was given to the police and will be investigated.
Based on TMZ, he is said to have refused medical treatment following the incident.
West was singled out by the LAPD as a suspect in a battery report following the incident but no arrests have been made to date.
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