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UPDATED: Kanye West Equates Civil Rights Movement With Celebrities Dealing With Paparazzi
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.06.2014



UPDATE: TMZ has more details of Kanye West's deposition in the lawsuit filed by a photographer attacked by West at LAX. During the deposition, West talked about fear of his daughter being electrocuted by a paparazzi's drone.

During the session, West sarcastically asked the photographer's lawyer, "Is your daughter stalked by like drones? Are there drones flying where she's trying to learn how to swim at age 1?" West added, "Wouldn't you like to just teach your daughter how to swim without a drone flying? What happens if a drone falls right next to her? Would it electrocute her?" He continued, "Could it fall and hit her if that paparazzi doesn't understand how to remote control the drone over their house?"

West then explained that he and his wife, Kim Kardashian, are selling their $11 million mansion in Bel Air because they did not realize paparazzi could shoot directly from the street.


ORIGINAL: TMZ has revealed highlights from Kanye West's recent deposition in the case where he's accused of beating up a photographer and smashing his camera. While under oath, he says that he's "the smartest celebrity you've ever f***ing dealt with. I'm not Britney Spears." The deposition was conducted by the photographer's lawyer Nate Goldberg.

He said: "I'm in the business of trying to make dope s**t for the world. You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law."

Goldberg also asked West about his song "Flashing Lights", which is a rant against the paparazzi. He even quotes the song, "Till I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these ni**as got me."

West interrupted and said: "You have to ask for a hall pass. You can't just say the 'n' word around me. It offends me because you're a white person saying 'ni**a.' I mean in the '60s people used to hold up 'Die N****r' signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also."

When asked if he equates the civil rights movement with the troubles of celebrities today, he replied: "Yes, 100% ... I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities. We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this -- guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check."

He didn't seem to want to give serious answers, either. When asked where he lives, he said "Earth."





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