Kanye West, seen in a Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, pleaded not guilty through his attorney to misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft charges in a Los
Kanye West, seen in a Sept. 7, 2013, file photo, pleaded not guilty through his attorney to misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft charges in a Los Angeles court on Thursday Nov. 7, 2013. (File photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision)

Kanye West pleads not guilty in LAX paparazzo battery case

Kanye West has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft in a case filed over a scuffle with a celebrity photographer earlier this year.

Attorney Blair Berk entered the plea on the rapper's behalf Thursday in a Los Angeles court. West was charged with two misdemeanors in September over a July altercation with paparazzo Daniel Ramos at Los Angeles International Airport.

Prosecutors declined to file felony charges against West, but decided to pursue the misdemeanors. Each carries a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Ramos claims West punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground on July 19.

West's case is due back in court on Jan. 23.

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Singer Chris Brown countersues man over studio fight

Chris Brown has countersued a man who has accused the R&B star's entourage of attacking him outside a recording studio earlier this year.

The singer filed an assault and battery lawsuit Wednesday against Sha'keir Duarte, who claimed in an earlier suit that he was injured when a fight erupted between Brown and Frank Ocean's entourages in January outside a West Hollywood studio.

Duarte's lawsuit filed in August accused Brown of being the aggressor in the fight. Brown's countersuit however accuses Duarte of instigating the fight by pushing, kicking and punching the R&B singer and threatening to kill him.

No criminal charges were filed over the fight. Brown's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Duarte's attorney Joseph Porter III did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.


In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. Brown on Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013, countersued a man
In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. Brown on Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013, countersued a man who claimed the R&B singer injured him during a fight outside a recording studio earlier this year. Brown's suit seeks unspecified damages and claims Sha'keir Duarte punched and kicked him during the fight. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)