A paparazzi photographer is suing formerly known musician Ye. Kanye West – from assault, assault and neglect after he was caught on camera snatching his phone and throwing it into the street.
Photographer Nichol Lechmanik says he did his job as a famous photojournalist while filming Ye’s content.
“He reached into my car as if he was going to hit me, took my phone from my hand, and then threw it into the street in anger,” Lechmanik said at a press conference on Thursday. “I caused so much fear that I haven’t been the same since.”
Lechmanik filed the lawsuit this week in the Ventura County Superior Court near Los Angeles, California. Variation.
The freelance photographer had previously called 911 and reported the incident to the police. After an investigation earlier this year, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office said that Lechmanik refused to file a lawsuit against Ye. Now, however, the paparazzi are seeking compensation, claiming that she has suffered “great mental and emotional pain” and was prevented from doing her job, thus “losing earnings”. The lawsuit says Ye’s behavior was “willful, immoral, and malicious.”
The incident occurred on January 27, 2023, when Ye was outside a sports academy in Ventura County, where his daughter was attending a basketball game. His ex-wife Kim Kardashian also took part in the match. According to the lawsuit, after Lechmanik took pictures of Kardashian entering the sports academy, she noticed that Ye was “facing anger” with another photographer on the street outside of her vehicle and began recording the alleged incident on her cell phone.
“Given Plaintiff Ye’s reputation for violence against photographers, his history of physically harming them, and his threatening body language, Plaintiff began to fear for the photographers’ safety,” the lawsuit says, adding that he remained in the driver’s seat when he began shooting. . His friend was sitting in the passenger seat next to him, and Ye was also shooting on his phone as he walked to their car. “The defendant didn’t want to get out of his car because he was afraid of Ye,” says the lawsuit, stating that “his tension increased” as he began walking towards Ye’s car. The suit states that he “spoke aggressively” and “angered” when he came near his car.
“You’re not all going to run at me like that,” Ye said to Lechmanik, who was mentioned in the case and can be heard from the footage. “If I say stop… put down your cameras.” The photographer responded by explaining to Ye that he’s a celebrity, implying that he’s just doing his job.
“She reached into Plaintiff’s car and took her phone from her hand. In doing so, Plaintiff feared that Defendant Ye had a gun or was going to hit him.” “Defendant Ye then threw his phone into the street towards oncoming traffic” and gave him a “death stare” before walking away.
On Thursday, the photographer, accompanied by his lawyer Gloria Allred, was touched when speaking at a press conference.
“He has no right not to attack me, beat me, or be afraid to do my job,” said Lechmanik. “I want you to know that you can’t do what you did to me without the consequences. I’m determined to defend myself to let him know that he needs to change this disgusting behavior.”
When asked by a reporter about the concept of violating a celebrity’s privacy, he said he has worked as a photographer for 10 years and has always been respectful of his celebrity subjects. “I just think people don’t understand the challenges we go as far as photographers,” he said. “I’ve never had an incident like this with any other celebrity… I want people to know that there are good people in this profession. We’re dealing with celebrities. We are always concerned for their well-being. I would never do any harm.”
Allred insisted that Ye was interfering with her client’s livelihood. He said Lechmanik hopes to set a precedent for other paparazzi photographers who endure celebrity misbehavior on the job.
“Professional photographers who make a living as a photographer have the right to do so without being bothered by a celebrity,” Allred said. Speaking of Ye, he says, “He can express his displeasure with words, but he has no right to usurp someone else’s property – in fact, this property is the tool a photographer uses to make a living as a photographer – and prevent them from making a living by filming what’s happening in the moment. It’s in a public place. “The street is a public place. Everyone has the right to shoot in a public place. If he doesn’t want to risk being filmed, he can choose to stay at home, where he will have privacy.”