Kanye West fumed over his arrest on Friday morning in a posting at his blog at kanyeuniversecity.com. The rapper, who was taken into custody by police in Newcastle for allegedly assaulting a paparazzo before being cleared, tells readers:
Here’s what happened… When I left the club, I was encountered by a thirsty paparazzi as usual. He felt he had more rights to my space than me, so I put my hand up to prevent him from taking my image. I didn’t assault him but merely putting my hand up to cover his lens. My security yelled, “Get the camera off him.” I guess in all the commotion the camera scraped his nose.
Three hours later I get a knock at my hotel door. There were five police officers in front of my room and I had no idea why. I had my security go speak with them. The cops were very cordial but told me they had to arrest me because a complaint was filed. That was the bogus part. They placed me in handcuffs and drove me to the station. They spoke about how this was obviously a publicity stunt by the photographer but they still had to go though the motions. When I got back to the hotel there were paparazzi hanging over the bridge above the hotel trying to get a shot of me getting out the police van. Even though I wasn’t charged, the damage was done. Sure enough the next morning, plastered across every media outlet… Kanye gets arrested. It didn’t matter that I wasn’t charged or the fact that I hadn’t assaulted anyone. All that mattered was that I was arrested.
The full post at kanyeuniversecity.com has since been removed.