Though he wasn’t present in court on Friday, Yeezy’s attorney, Blair Berk, appeared in court and argued in the rapper’s defense.
Deputy L.A. City Attorney Felton Newell disputed the notion the case was overcharged, claiming the defendants acted with “reckless disregard,” adding the video shows “an intent to commit a felony.” Berk appeared without her client and noted that TMZ had settled its beef with Kanye because West paid for the camera he broke at LAX on Sept. 11, 2008. The judge agreed — saying if TMZ didn’t want to press charges, it didn’t make a lot of sense to carry on with the case. In the end, the judge felt since the defendants enrolled in an anger management program, he said he’ll dismiss the charges when they both serve 50 hours of community service. But he added Kanye’s conduct was not acceptable.